The Kenyan preacher at the centre of the miracle babies saga, Mr Gilbert Deya, has accused the media, the judiciary and the Kenyan and UK authorities of torturing and humiliating his family and church members.
In a reaction to the news that a child recently taken into care in Britain was to go for a DNA test this week and the rearrest of his wife Mary and two others, he said there was a conspiracy to intimidate his family and bring down his ministry.
The UK department of social services announced yesterday that the preacher would undergo a test to determine the parentage of the child in custody.
Pastor Deya took issue with a ruling by the Royal Court of Justice, which said the “miracle” baby brought to the UK by a ministry member had actually been stolen.
He said the child taken into custody had been living with an elder brother in Scotland and placed under the care of a Tanzanian woman member of the church.
“My children have been travelling to and from Europe; therefore, their photographs are with the Kenya passports control office and the British embassy in Nairobi,” he said. “Now my children are in custody and care.”
The court said in its ruling that the baby’s mother was a “victim of child traffickers driven by financial greed.”
But Pastor Deya said: “It was alleged that I am a child trafficker. But all the cases of child theft against us were dropped because of lack of evidence. I am not a child trafficker and have never stolen a baby.
“If I have done so, where are the babies?”
He said the attacks on his ministry were serious and a violation of human rights.
Jan. 5, 2005