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Monday, 10 November 2014

PASTOR KANYARI CANNOT BE ARRESTED, NO COMPLAINANT



Arresting Pastor Victor Kanyari for obtaining money under false pretenses would be unlawful and malicious because nobody has lodged a complaint against him, a police officer has said.
“Although there is overwhelming evidence from the video aired by KTN, we cannot act on media reports,” the officer from Kamukunji police station, who requested anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said.
The documentary aired by KTN shows Kanyari, of Salvation Healing Ministry, coaching some of his church members to give false testimonies of prayer-induced healings or of him ending their financial difficulties to lure others to pay for 'miracles'.
Kanyari also allegedly duped people from different parts of the country to 'plant' a Sh310 'seed' and others to send him up to Sh50,000 using mobile money transfer services.
The officer said someone must make a formal report and write a statement before Kanyari is arrested.
“There is a problem because no one will be willing to travel from, say, Murang’a to file a complaint that he was defrauded of Sh310 by the pastor while those conned huge sums of money fear stigmatization. They don’t want to look gullible and foolish,” the officer said.
On Thursday, DPP Keriako Tobiko directed the CID to open investigations on Kanyari. He said watching the expose convinced him that there is sufficient evidence to probe Kanyari.
Officers at the Kamukunji police station, in whose jurisdiction the alleged offenses took place, however say they have not received a formal directive from Tobiko.