Kenya: ‘Living God’ Dies but Will He Rise?

By Mathews Ndanyi

‘living god’ Jehovah Wanyonyi died of malaria at his home on July 18, the Uasin Gishu deputy county commissioner has said. Wanyonyi ran the cult-like “Lost Israelites” in Western Kenya. However, mystery surrounds the location of the grave of the 81-year-old spiritual leader. Hundreds of followers have been camping at his Nangili home, which they call a shrine, demanding to know his whereabouts.

Many do not believe he is dead.

Yesterday, Christopher Wanjau, the county deputy county commissioner, said: “He died at home and the family asked for a letter allowing them to move the body to Kitale. The letter was issued by the chief.”He said the body was taken to a hospital in Kitale.

Wanjau said Wanyonyi was not buried at his home, near the border between Uasin Gishu and Kakamega counties. There was tension in his home yesterday as his family denied the reports on his death while followers demanded to know where he was buried.”We want to be told the truth so we know if he has gone or he is still our leader,” follower David Waswa said.