In Summary
  • Kanyari is just one of the thousands of clever entrepreneurs who have found that an easy way to power and wealth is to exploit gullible Kenyans.
  • A warped and commercial brand of religion, the opiate of the masses, has truly captured Kenya and turned everyone into a zombie.

We have seen a national gnashing of teeth after the exposé on Pastor Prophet Dr Victor Kanyari’s money-minting scams under the guise of Christianity.

We have even heard that the Attorney-General has readied proposals for laws regulating religious institutions.

Attorney-General Githu Muigai should not bother with such laws. Needed more urgently are laws against stupidity and greed.

If adult Kenyans of presumably sound mind are forever throwing good money at all sorts of conmen, fraudsters and charlatans, then we need a collective mental examination.

Prophet Kanyari, or whatever title he goes by, is just one of the thousands of clever entrepreneurs who have found that an easy way to power and wealth is to exploit gullible Kenyans, who will happily and without coercion surrender all their money.

Kenya is awash with snake-oil salesmen under the guise of preachers, healers, herbalists and all kinds of fraudsters.

They promise to cure your cancer and Aids, multiply your wealth, transform your beer belly into a six-pack and your unshapely mass into 36-24-36, snare the hunk or beauty of your dreams, win you that job or promotion, capture that tender, ensure the desired examination results, and, of course, put the hex on your love or business rivals.

TURNED INTO ZOMBIES

A warped and commercial brand of religion, the opiate of the masses, has truly captured Kenya and turned everyone into a zombie.

It is followed closely by other brands of miracle workers in those ubiquitous Daktari wa Tanga (or whichever other exotic outposts) posters that besmirch every lamp post, proposing to banish your afflictions or make you wealthy.

We fall prey to those charlatans just as fast as we blow our life savings on pyramid schemes, red mercury, quail farming, or any other flavour of the month promising returns that would turn Pablo Escobar and other fabled narcotraficantes green with envy.

Pastor Kanyari is not doing anything out of the ordinary.

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