In Summary
  • Upon his return, the self-styled archbishop was detained for nine months at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. He was freed on a Sh10 million bond in May last year.
  • He has alluded to having the support of the government since his release from prison, adding that notable guests are expected at the rally.

“Gilbert Deya Ministries UECK”, the sign on Mokhtar Daddah Street, Nairobi, screams.

Pastor Gilbert Deya is back in town. It has been 15 years since the pastor’s “miracle babies” scandal came to light.

The mason-turned-pastor then left for the United Kingdom where, in 2017, he failed in his decade-long battle to remain there.

The archbishop denied stealing five children between 1999 and 2004.

The prosecution accused him of manipulating barren women, exposing a child trafficking scheme that shocked the nation.

The matter has been investigated by authorities in the UK and Kenya.

Upon his return, the self-styled archbishop was detained for nine months at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. He was freed on a Sh10 million bond in May last year.

Since his release, the archbishop has received significant media coverage.

HOMECOMING CRUSADE

He even opened up about his relationship with women. In a June 2019 interview with Radio Jambo, he said: “I decided to get another woman. It is important to get a woman and avoid the lust of the flesh. In Kenya, women are like nuts. They are so many that the government has said even having 50 of them is ok.”

On a visit to his church, the Nation team was informed that services have been temporarily suspended, “as we are gearing up our minds for the December 14 homecoming rally”.

According to the archbishop, the crusade “will be a big thing since the government has granted us land for the event”.

The venue is Quarry grounds in Pipeline estate. The “mega crusade” ends on December 22.

“It will be a big party. There will be 21 goats, 21 chickens and lots of food for everyone,” he said.

Deya added that four horses would be in his convoy along Jogoo Road.

He also alluded to having the support of the government since his release from prison, adding that notable guests are expected at the rally.

The crusade was to be aired on Deya’s television network DBN, “and it can be viewed on all free-to-air TV sets”.

KINGLY ENTRANCE

The homecoming crusade was to begin at 10 am. When the Nation team arrived at 10.30 am, only ushers and a few locals were present.

The tables were draped in white and gold embroidered cloth, with flowers and pebbles in vases.

However, the stench of raw sewage and garbage from the surroundings filled the air. The celebration arena appeared to be a diamond in the rough.

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