Detectives in Bungoma are investigating an incident in which a pastor is alleged to have conned a foreign missionary Ksh1.2 million.
Benjamin Oruko, who hails from Kimwanga village in Bumula constituency, was on Sunday arrested in Bungoma town after the missionary registered their complains at the Bungoma DCIO offices.
The missionaries, lead by Pastor Mimi Hagiwara from Jesus ministry Christ Nations in Japan and Bishop Moses Stanley, said they first met Pastor Oruko on Facebook two years ago and have been sending him the cash.
“Oruko had lied to us that he had used the funds to set up an orphanage and various projects like poultry and dairy farming for widows,” Mimi told journalists in Bungoma town.
He had also lied to them that he was organizing for a 5,000-man crusade from November 24th to 27th in Bungoma town and they had funded him duly, including Ksh80,000 for live television coverage, according to Mimi.
“We were shocked when we came to Kenya only to find that the man was operating in a small shop that he called a church.” added Mimi.
Other lies that Oruko told them included fake photos of events and promises to introduce them to all government officials during their visit including President Uhuru Kenyatta and Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati.
Pastor Mimi Hagiwara (right) during a press briefing. PHOTO/COURTESY
But when they came to the country, Oruko, who runs Word of Deliverance Church International, took them to the unsuspecting county commissioner’s office James Kianda who welcomed them.
However, the pastor dismissed the allegations stating that he was only given Ksh70,000 by the missionaries for their accommodation and other expenses.
“I was only given Ksh70,000 by the complainants for their accommodation.” Oruko told news reporters after being released on bond on Wednesday.
“I am a man of God who has several other sponsors from UK and has never conned any of them,” he said.