Popular televangelist Ezekiel Odero and controversial preacher Pal Mackenzie are not strangers to each other, the court has been told.
This came out when Pastor Ezekiel was taken to Shanzu Law Courts over allegations of having a hand in deaths of some of his congregants.
While asking for 30 days to detain Ezekiel, the prosecution argued that there would need an interfaith investigation across the accused and Mackenzie’s churches to establish why they were synonymous with deaths of believers.
“The grounds for extended detention are very reasonable. If freed he could interfere with interfaith investigation,” the prosecutor said.
According to the prosecution, Mackenzie and Ezekiel were very close friends and even transacted businesses involving huge amounts of money together.
“There is a connection between Ezekiel and Mackenzie. Ezekiel bought Times TV station from Ezekiel and paid over KSh 500,000 and we have proof of transaction. The TV station is believed to be still under Mackenzie’s name,” the prosecution argued as it sought for additional 30 days of detention.
The prosecution argued that the two were not strangers and had to be close to each other to agree on such a TV station sale deal and other transactions.
“The two are not strangers to the extent that they have business transactions dating back. Having him in custody serve him at his own interest,” the prosecution stated.
Ezekiel’s lawyer Jared Magolo differed with the prosecution saying that his client was as white as snow and no one had raised a complaint against him.
He said detaining him for an extended period would be unfair as he was innocent.