The embattled spiritual leader of London-based Deya Ministries yesterday declared that he would not be coming home to Kenya anytime soon.
“Kenya is hell! I am certainly not coming back to a place where my family and followers are being mistreated,” an angry Archbishop Gilbert Deya declared.
Speaking to the Press at Chester House over the telephone, Deya, who is at the centre of an incredulous miracle babies claim, charged that his followers were being persecuted.
Yesterday his wife, Mary, was arrested at their Mountain View Estate house in a dramatic police dawn raid that netted 10 other children, one of them reportedly a son of the Deyas.
Speaking in turns to individual reporters on a cellphone belonging to a Rev Andrew Agubasu, an exasperated Deya appealed for President Kibaki’s intervention over the arrest of his wife.
“This is a crime and trespass [sic ] of private property, the police had no right at all to do this,” he said. Then in an equally sensationally turn, the beleaguered evangelist said that regardless of what was happening he was not considering legal action against any of the offending parties.
“I will let God fight for me,’ he said.
But Deya adamantly refuted claims that the British were investigating him over allegations of possible trafficking of children from Kenya to the UK.
“These are fabrications of the Kenyan media and there is no such thing happening here,” claimed Deya.
But even as he alleged persecution, a couple in Meru claimed that one of the miracle babies – a boy named Daniel Wasonga born in June 1999, was theirs.
Philip Muriungi and his wife, Mugure, claimed that the boy disappeared mysteriously moments after birth at Pumwani Maternity hospital in 1999.
“My baby, whom I got through a caeserian birth, disappeared moments after birth,” said Muriungi, “The nurses informed me that the baby had died and because I was in great pain, I did not argue with the midwife.”
They said they saw the photograph of the boy in the Press, which led them to believe that he is their son because he resembles their other two boys. They demanded that a DNA test be done.
Meanwhile, the Kenya Medical Association has intensified its probe into the ‘miracle babies’. The KMA Human Rights Committee Chairman, Dr Mohammed, said it was carrying out independent investigations into the matter, to provide the professional version on the issue.
“We can not allow Deya to mislead Kenyans and the world” he said.
He added that it was wrong for women to link themselves to babies they had not given birth to.