A middle-aged pastor in Voi was on Tuesday arrested after he was nabbed with the church’s stolen music equipment which he wanted to use to start his own church.
The suspect was arrested while using the equipment at a crusade in the outskirts of Voi town. The equipment, estimated to be worth three hundred thousand shillings went missing from the Revival Assembly’s Church store in March this year.
Bishop Meshack Nyangala of Revival Assembly described the discovery of the equipment as a miracle the church has been praying for.
Speaking to KNA on Tuesday Nyangala said the members of the church had fasted and prayed that God confuse the thief so that he doesn’t transport the equipment beyond Voi town.
“We asked God to strike the thief with confusion so he won’t think of transporting the equipment elsewhere. Our prayers have been answered,” he said.
Among the recovered musical equipment include a 24-channel mixer, an amplifier and two enhanced box speakers.
The prelate denied that the culprit was a pastor in his church stating he was an ordinary member with no rank. He however admitted that the culprit was occasionally hired as a pastor to preach for another church during crusades and religious rallies.
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Confirming the incident, Voi Deputy OCPD Leonard Kirui said the items were reported missing in March this year. He added that the suspect was arrested when found using the stolen items.
“When we arrested him, he also led us to where the amplifier was being repaired after developing some technical fault,” he said.
The suspect was released on a Sh10,000 police bond at the request of the church leaders on promise that he would help them recover the remaining equipment.
A member of the church, who declined to be named, said the suspect harbored ambitions of starting his own church but lacked the financial muscle to purchase state-of-the-art equipment.
Cases of pastors and clerics stealing church equipment have been on the rise in the region over what appears to be disputes over leadership. Early this year, Pastor Ngangari Mzumbi of Hope Church had to flee for his life after his co-pastor accused him of being a con and planning to take over his church in Mwakingali.