Famous radio presenter Maina Kagini revealed how his mother once gave a tithe of 500,000 shillings to American preacher Benny Hinn, even as she denied him a smaller amount of money.
“My mother gave half a million to the American preacher Benny Hinn as tithe. However I asked her to give me 40,000 shillings and she told me she had no money,” said Maina.
Hinn gained popularity among Kenyans in 2000 after traveling the country promising miracle cures for ailments including HIV/AIDS and blindness.
Allegedly, four Kenyans, including two children, died on a crusade at the time while awaiting miraculous cures from an American preacher who was in town.
Ten others were injured after falling from trees they had climbed to see the preacher, while all four were discharged from the hospital to recover during Hinn’s “Miracle Crusade”. Hinn predicted that Jesus would come to the stage at this assembly.
As of today, the death toll in the Chakhula famine cult has risen to 89, with Home Affairs Minister Keithur Kindiki saying it is a turning point for Kenya on how to deal with security issues caused by religious insurgents.