Tue. Sep 17th, 2019

Controversial preacher released on Sh1 million bond

Controversial preacher Paul Mackenzie Nthenge consulting with his lawyer at a Malindi law court where he appeared to answer charges of incitement

BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Controversial televangelist Paul Mackenzie Nthenge appeared in court to answer to three counts of incitement and disobedience of law in Malindi on Monday.

The pastor, who operates his church in Malindi, was charged that on April 11, 2019 in Malindi Township he was found in possession of topographic films intended to incite children against attending school and Christian’s against Hindus, Budhists and Islams’ religions.

Apart from this, the pastor was charged with being in possession and distributing films to the public which had not been examined and classified by the Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB).

POSSESSION

The court heard that between January 1 and April 11 this year at Good News International Church (GNIC) he jointly with others not before the court found in possession and exhibiting films to the public through Times Television that had not been examined and classified.

His third count was operating a filming studio and producing films without valid film license from KFCB.

He was alleged that on April 11 at GNIC jointly with others was found operating a filming studio and producing films for public consumption without first registering a film agent and acquiring filming license.

Before Malindi Chief Magistrate Dr. Julie Oseko, the pastor denied all the three counts before hundreds of his followers who had packed the court room waiting to know his fate after being in police custody for not less three weeks.  

Controversial televangelist Preacher Paul Mackenzie Nthenge on the dock at a Malindi Court

The court was told that the controversial preacher had two other cases in the same court.

Magistrate Oseko later released him on a Sh1 million bond with similar surety with an alternative of Sh500,000 cash bail.

BAIL TERMS

The prosecution side led by prosecuting Counsel Alice Mathangani did not oppose the bail terms but requested for the accused not to be released on cash bail.

However, the pastor’s lawyer James Mouko told court that his client was not new in court and has never absconded any court hearings and therefore should be granted bond or bail.

Ruling the accused was innocent until proven guilty, the magistrate Oseko transferred the case to another magistrate saying she was already hearing two others from the same person. The case will be mentioned on May 9, 2019.

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