We are not selling off property, says sect leader

The controversial House of Yahweh sect has denied claims that they are selling off property in anticipation of an impending doomsday.

The sect’s spiritual leader, Eleazor Kamotho, accused the media of misrepresenting their prophecy and branding them prophets of doom. The sect, however, insisted that there will be a nuclear war beginning September 12, which will have a deadly impact on the human population.

“We are only conveying a message contained in our holy books that something terrible is about to happen come September 12,” said Kamotho.

He warned that the war would be fought in the Middle East, adding that the current conflict between Israel and Lebanon was a sign that the prophecy would be fulfilled. Kamotho, who heads the Naivasha congregation that covers Nyandarua and parts of Nakuru districts, said it was up to every individual to prepare for the day.

Kamotho was addressing police officers and journalists who toured his home his farm in search of underground bunkers, which the sect members were alleged be building.

“I have an 80 acre farm, several heads of cattle and one of my sons is in secondary school. I’m not ready to stop anything because of the prophecy,” said the leader.

Lethal radiation

The security team comprised of Nyandarua Officer Commanding Police Division, Amos Owang, deputy District Criminal Investigations Officer Henry Kibet and Kinangop station commander, Walter Kimaka.

The team did not find any bunkers and Kamau insisted that they were not selling their property. He reiterated that the September 12 catastrophe was predicted in the Book of Yahweh many years ago and part of it was witnessed in 1993.

He said former leaders, US President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime minister Yizakk Rabin and Palestine authority head Yasser Arafat signed a peace pact to halt Middle East conflict.

“This was a 13-year plan that ends this year because as per the prediction, Rabin and Arafat died as expected,” said Kamotho.

The consequences of the war, he said, would spill over to Kenya and the entire world, including the lethal radiation from the weapons.

Police appealed to members of the public to volunteer information on any unlawful activities of the group. Owang’ said freedom of worship was enshrined in the constitution but noted that this freedom could be limited if it caused fear among residents.

The sect has been in the news following reports that members were selling off property in preparation for the September 12 ‘Armageddon’. The members were said to be building bunkers and were also to withdraw their children from school.

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The Standard, Kenya
July 18, 2006
Michuki Ngamau

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