On May 10th, Registrar of Societies Jane Joram declared that New Life Church, run by Pastor Ezekiel Odero, had been served a notice of license cancellation that would take effect in 30 days.
Joram testified at the Senate committee probing the Shakahola mass graves that the pastor was instructed to explain why his license should not be cancelled.
If the government doesn’t approve the allegations against the church, the registrar made it clear that the pastors’ religious organization would no longer operate, she added.
Since its registration in 2012, the church has not filed any tax returns as stated by the governmental agency.
Conversely, reports indicated that the church was under scrutiny for allegations of operating a cult.
In light of the surfaced activities, we have decided to take the initiative of sending cancellation notices to these churches.
Deputy Registrar of Societies, Goretti Nyariki, pointed out that the organization failed to meet the requirements of the Societies Act from the time of its registration, they haven’t filed any returns to date, and they have received a notice to appear before authorities and justify their non-compliance.
Paul Mackenzie’s Good News International ministries were also part of the license termination proposals.
Alternatively, Attorney General Justin Muturi cited the lack of a Kilifi County office as the reason for his office’s delay in taking action.
He remarked that had they been in Kilifi, they could have been more aware of the situation as the Registrar’s office had a presence only in 14 regions.
The government’s action was noticeable as it occurred a day after Pastor Ezekiel gained the right to enter the church due to an approval granted by the courts.
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