CA suspends TV stations owned by pastors Ezekiel, Mackenzie

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 28 Apr, 2023 19:26 | 2 mins read
Collage of pastor Ezekiel and Mackenzie at past events. PHOTO/Courtesy

The Communications Authority has suspended TV stations owned by pastor Ezekiel Odero and pastor Paul Mackenzie who are currently under probe for mass killings.

The two stations; World Evangelism TV and Times TV station respectively owned by Ezekiel and Mackenzie were suspended on grounds that they had violated broadcasting standards requirements and license conditions.

According to a statement shared by CA Director General Ezra Chiloba, the decision followed an extensive review of content aired by the stations between January and April this year.

"The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has suspended with immediate effect any further broadcasting by the World Evangelism TV (New Life Communications Ltd) and Times TV (Good News Media Kenya Ltd)," the statement reads in parts.

Times TV is accused of airing inappropriate content on exorcism and flouting 17 other broadcasting license conditions whereas World Evangelism TV was faulted for airing inappropriate content on exorcism during the watershed period and 12 other violations.

Chiloba directed the broadcast signal distributor Pan African Network Group (PANG) Limited to drop the stations from its platform until further notice.

Ezekiel of the New Life Prayer Centre and Church in Kilifi was arrested over reported deaths at his church shortly after Mackenzie was detained.

He is accused of moving critically ill followers from various hospital wards to perform healing miracles in his church situated in Mavueni, Kilifi county.

The man of the cloth is set to remain in police custody until May 2, 2023, when the case against him will be heard.

Mackenzie on the other hand was arrested and detained for his involvement in the death of his followers.

The controversial pastor who heads the Good News International Ministries in Malindi hit the headlines after the bodies of his followers were discovered in mass graves.

He was accused of 'misleading' his congregants to starve to death in order to meet Jesus.

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