The Kilifi County Funeral Home has threatened to sue the New Life Prayer Center and the church’s popular preacher Ezekiel Odero over allegations that it performed a miracle that led to the facility’s closure.

In a televised service, the preacher said the owners of the Mirere Funeral Burial Charity Service in the Mbogoro district near the town of Kilifi were deliberately out of the danger zone to profit from the deaths from accidents along the road. Accused of setting up a morgue next door. Mombasa Malindi.

The preacher claimed he threw three bottles of holy water on a black spot to put the morgue out of business.

“Somewhere on the right hand side of Mbogoro Slope on the way to Mombasa is Mirele Funeral Home. No hospital, no pharmacy, no clinic. Just a funeral home. And that area is a black spot. In other words, they tell you that they welcome death by this route because the funeral is ready.They say they welcome you to die and have prepared everything for the funeral. said Odello.

“Today we’ll talk about it…I was so upset about it I opened three bottles of living water and threw it in there. The funeral parlor was closed.”

The above statement, which was circulated in a viral video, upset the management of Milele Funeral Burial and Benevolent Services. The company is now threatening legal action against him over the remarks, which could hurt their business.

Contrary to the preachers’ claims, they never closed the Mbogoro shop.

“For clarity, Milele is still operating and any false information being advanced by the pastor should be treated with the contempt it deserves. Even as I am speaking now there are bodies from the accident scene in Taita which are being ferried to the Milele Funeral Home morgue,” the CEO said in a telephone interview.

According to Amani, just like any business entity Milele has risen up to where it is through sheer hard work and huge financial investment, adding that the preacher’s “reckless” utterances “has massively affected our market and day in day out we have had to explain to our clients that we are still in operation.”

He said the “deliberate and malicious” attacks by Pastor Odero started in 2020 immediately after they opened doors to serve the public.

“Through his televised preachings Ev. Ezekiel Odero persistently assured his congregation that we were to close shop before his arrival at the now headquarters of his ministry. As a company founded in the strict whims of religious tolerance we chose to remain mum and act with restrain even as the attacks massively consumed our clientele which took us time to assemble,” the CEO said, adding “having acquired all the statutory thresholds and clearance to operate a private funeral home, Milele funeral services has been handling members of the public in apt adherence to all the health guideline as required by law.”

In November last year, the popular Evangelist set tongues wagging after he pulled off a jaw-dropping healing and miracle service, filling Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi to capacity.

He claims to have the ability to make the cripples walk and even heal various diseases. A few years ago, the pastor moved his base from Shanzu, Mombasa, to the Mabueni region of Kilifi, about 57 kilometers north of Mombasa. Recently, the pastor acquired several hundred acres of land to expand his pastoral. 

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