Munishi: Why I parted ways with Pastor Mackenzie

The gospel artist says they've known each other since 2015 but their relationship severed in 2019

CHURCH REGULATION from left seated: re-known musician, Pastor Faustin Munishi, Bishop Geoffrety Buliba of the Christian Brotherhood Church and East African Christian Alliance chairman, Richard Kivai.
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Musician and Pastor Faustin Munishi has revealed his past relationship with embattled preacher Paul Mackenzie.

According to Munishi, having known Mackenzie since 2015, their relationship severed in 2019.

Before he fell out with Mackenzie who has been accused of indoctrination after allegedly persuading his followers to starve in order to meet their maker, Munishi said the preacher started off well and later ended up engaging in suspicious activities.


"He invited me to his church and I was even featured on his TV station which had a massive viewership countrywide," he narrated. 

Munishi explained that their friendship started deteriorating when Pastor Mackenzie started encouraging his congregants to discontinue their children's education. 

"I urge the government to compel Mackenzie to publicly announce that his teaching was wrong and advise his followers to discontinue the fast, he has a massive following countrywide and we do not know where the adherents are or what they are doing," Munishi stated. 


He also warned that Mackenzie's followers could be fasting even harder following the arrest of their leader ostensibly to have him released.

Munishi spoke in Nakuru where East African Christian Alliance (EACA) leaders met on Tuesday. 

The leaders faulted the government for casting a blanket blame on churches following the unfortunate happenings in Shakahola.

Alliance chairman Bishop Richard Kivai asked the government to deal with the likes of Paul Makenzie of Good News International individually and in accordance with the law.

He accused the government of using the Shakahola incident, where more than 100 bodies of people who fasted to death as a way to meet Jesus were exhumed, to regulate churches.

He wondered how Mackenzie's alleged cult remained undetected for a long period and resulted in many deaths yet the government has structures, police officers, National Intelligence Service officers and administrative officers up to the level of a sub-location on the ground.

"Where were the government officers and political representatives when all starvation, deaths and burials were happening," he posed.

Kivai proposed that all churches and clergymen belong to affiliations such as the EACA, National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) and the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya.

"Belonging to such bodies will ensure all church members and their leaders adhere to set rules and regulations," said the Bishop.

He was also accompanied by Christian Brotherhood Church Bishop Geoffrey Buliba.

Bishop Buliba recommended that the government deals with the churches that are found in the wrong instead of casting a blanket condemnation and opting to regulate worship.

He added that the government’s decision to set the level of education for clergymen was discriminating and improper because moral consciousness does not depend on education.

“Religious leadership and preaching the gospel is a calling and it does not mean that educated people are not corrupt or prone to misleading masses,” said Buliba.

He noted that it was easy to register a church nowadays compared to earlier years when they had to go through rigorous vetting by the then Criminal Investigations Department’s Special Branch unit before being allowed to operate.