Bungoma-based controversial pastor “Yesu wa Tongaren” also known as Eliud Wekesa, will remain in police custody until Friday when the court is set to make a ruling.
Wekesa who presented himself to Bungoma police for questioning yesterday, appeared before the Bungoma Law Court today. Principal Magistrate Tom Olando ordered the police to detain him until tomorrow when he will make a ruling.
Bungoma Police had summoned Wekesa for questioning on Wednesday, May 10, over allegations of questionable teachings. Police claimed that Tongaren’s doctrine compels a section of his followers not to return home and instead live at the pastor’s residence.
The DCI detectives at the Bungoma Divisional Police Headquarters further questioned Wekesa over claims of indoctrination of the church members, and allegations that he barred his congregation’s children from attending school and hospital.
Wekesa however pleaded with the police not to arrest him, arguing that he has done nothing wrong.
Elsewhere, Controversial pastor Paul Mackenzie of the good news international church will continue to remain in police custody for thirty days.
Shanzu law court senior principal magistrate Yusuf Shikanda said this will give police ample time to investigate the Shakahola deaths. Mackenzie is facing charges of murder, aiding suicide and radicalization.
Senior principal magistrate Yusuf Shikanda granted the request by the prosecution team to have the eighteen remanded for thirty days instead of the 90 days they had requested.