Kenyan pastor arrested for teaching followers that education is evil

A pastor in the coastal town of Malindi in Kenya was arrested on Sept. 30 following complaints that he was allegedly falsely indoctrinating his followers with radical teachings and telling them that education is evil.

(REUTERS / Joseph Okanga)Policemen arrive at the Malindi police station where suspected bodies of six members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) are displayed in the Kenyan coastal town of Malindi, March 28, 2013.

On Sept. 30, Malindi police raided Good News International Ministries Church after reports reached them that a pastor had convinced children to stop going to school. Police officer Matawa Muchangi identified the suspect as local televangelist Paul Makenzi, who was suspected of indoctrinating his followers with false teachings, The Nation detailed.

"In the church, we nabbed 35 children under the age of 10 years, 28 under the age of 16 years and 13 adults aged 18 to 35 years said to be undergoing radical training against Christian and moral teachings," said Muchangi. "Some of the children interrogated said education is satanic and had left home and school to follow the pastor."

In addition, the students repeatedly used Bible verses to justify their decision to drop out of school. They said their pastor told them that education, medical care, and elections were satanic.

During the raid, police seized Bible, Korans, and other files that can be used in the investigation. Muchangi said authorities were currently trying to identify the parents of the kids who had dropped out of school. One of the parents said the pastor's teachings caused his children to become hateful towards them, and a local resident named Harrison Thoya said the kids had been brainwashed.

Earlier this month, a pastor in Nairobi's Kahawa West estate was charged over accusations of obtaining 600,000 Kenyan shillings from a lawyer named Jane Ndung'u. Pastor Zachary Njoroge allegedly pretended that he was a senior official of Kenya Airways and that he could sell her secondhand plane engines, SDE Entertainment News reported.

Njoroge allegedly turned off his phone after Ndung'u deposited her money in his account. The pastor, on the other hand, denied the charges against him and was freed after posting 200,000 shillings in bond and surety.