Apostle Ezekiel Odero of New Life Prayer Centre has attributed his wealth to church funding adding that the vehicles and houses he uses are all owned by the church.
While appearing before the Senate Ad-hoc committee probing Shakahola deaths, Odero listed all properties owned by the church which includes an international school in Kilifi County.
The evangelist revealed that the school encompasses an Olympic-standard swimming pool and modern laboratories which he said are way better than laboratories found in some of the universities in Kenya.
Odero also disclosed that the church owns a modern hotel which operates on a 24-hour basis. He added that the hotel was mainly built to feed church members.
Pastor Ezekiel of Newlife Prayer Centre drives himself to a police station in Kilifi County
“A nine and half-acre dam has also been built by church offerings and acts as a source of water for Kilifi residents,” the Pastor revealed.
“I urge the government with humility to come and verify what am saying,” Ezekiel noted.
On the other hand, he detailed that the church has sponsored over 200 children who are currently in different Secondary Schools.
When questioned on his personal wealth, the apostle refuted claims of purchasing personal properties using congregants’ funds, clarifying that he practices chicken-rearing to fund his children’s education and other personal projects.
“I don’t use church money for personal benefits. I have told my wife and children that nobody will benefit from church money,” he stated.
The Ad-hoc committee headed by Tana River Senator Danson Mungatana is probing the circumstances leading to the deaths of followers of controversial Good News International Church preacher Paul Mackenzie, who is presently in police custody.
Odero was invited to the Committee to clarify his business dealing with Mackenzie. The pastor confirmed to the Senators that he bought a TV station from Mackenzie, refuting any further links to the controversial preacher.
The Friday hearing was the last public session by the committee that is set to release the reports of investigations on Thursday next week.
Pastor Ezekiel Odero at his New Life Prayer Centre and Church in Mavueni, Kilifi County, on May 7, 2023.
New Life International Church