A Kenyan bishop who is based in the United Kingdom was on Tuesday, August 17, arraigned in a London court for selling a fake COVID-19 cure.
Climate Irungu Wiseman who has lived in London for years appeared before the Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court and was charged with fraud and unfair trading offences.
He was arraigned before the Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court.
Irungu is accused of selling a liquid that was described in the courts as a concoction which he gave to his followers in the church and told them that it would cure Coronavirus.
According to his charge sheet, he packaged a mixture of hyssop and cedarwood inside a small bottle and sold it to members of his church at Ksh13,000.
“He told the followers that the medicine would protect, heal and ensure one does not contact the deadly coronavirus,” his charge sheet read in part.
The clergyman who is also the head of the Kingdom Church in Camberwell- police are also in possession of videos where he is encouraging people to purchase the medicine.
In some of the videos, other members of his church give testimony on how the medicine cures Coronavirus.
He also marketed the concoction on his social media sites as he urged his followers to purchase the medicine.
According to Ryan Thompson who is the prosecutor in the case, Irungu was telling his followers that the concoction had already cured more than ten people.
Thompson said that the concoction was a risk to those who had used it since it was not medicinal.
Irungu has pleaded not guilty to the charges as his lawyer told the court that his client was practising religion.
The matter is scheduled to be taken to court on September 13, 2021, after it was sent to another court the Inner London Crown Court.