There was a commotion outside Shanzu Law Courts in Mombasa on Tuesday, May 2, after hundreds of Pastor Ezekiel Odero's followers thronged the premises.
Led by his assistant, who is also his brother Pastor Gillack Odero, they protested the arrest by praying and calling for his release.
Pastor Ezekiel Odero and pastor Paul Mackenzie were expected to appear before Shanzu Law courts on Tuesday, May 2, on charges of radicalisation, terrorism, aiding individuals to kill themselves, mass killing and money laundering.
Gillack was seen commanding the huge crowd as he led them into singing, which would periodically break into a prayerful session.
Gillack, would occasionally wave a Bible, ask the crowd to praise God, and charge the crowd once more.
Clad in all white, which is the signature dress code of his older brother, Gillack asked the followers to be ready for a mega revival.
"Can I hear from those who are ready for the mega revival?" he asked, which was met with a deafening acclamation from Ezekiel's followers.
On Sunday, April 30, Gillack assured Ezekiel's followers to remain calm exuding confidence that the controversial pastor's church in Mavueni, Kilifi County, would be reopened soon.
Ezekiel was arrested on Thursday, April 27, after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) started pursuing his connection with Shakahola Massacre.
Immediately after his arrest, Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki announced that the popular televangelist would be charged with mass killings.
"It is notified for general public information that today, Thursday, April 27, 2023, Mr Ezekiel Ombok Odero, the Head of New Life Prayer Centre/Church at Mavueni within Malindi Sub-County of Kilifi County, has been arrested.
"He is being processed to face criminal charges related to the mass killing of his followers," Kindiki stated back then.
DCI sleuths additionally found that Ezekiel transferred Ksh500,000 to Mackenzie towards the purchase of a TV station.
On the other end, Mackenzie is being charged with murder, aiding persons to kill themselves, terrorist acts, and promoting radical belief systems.
On Monday, May 1, DCI officers raided his home in Furunzi, Malindi Town, confiscating books and desktop computers believed to have been used to radicalize his followers.
It was believed that he radicalized over 109 followers to starve to death before he was arrested and his operations at Shakahola Forest shut down.
- . . . . . .