Kenyan Jesus Seeks Refuge In Police As Community Threatens To Crucify Him
In Kenya, a self-proclaimed religious leader, Reverend Yesu Wa Tongaren, who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, has reportedly sought police protection after receiving threats from members of his own community. The threats, which have been reported to include a threat to crucify him on Good Friday, April 7, have sparked concerns over religious freedom and safety.
According to reports, Tongaren informed the police on Sunday, March 5, that he had received threats from members of his community in Bungoma, who vowed to crucify him on Good Friday. The threats appear to stem from a challenge that Tongaren’s followers had made to the religious leader, demanding that he prove his divine identity. They had demanded that Tongaren demonstrate his ability to resurrect on the third day and ascend to heaven, just as Jesus Christ did.
The situation has raised questions over the legitimacy of Tongaren’s claims, and whether his followers’ demands are rooted in a genuine belief or a mere desire for spectacle. The reverend, who reportedly commands a significant following, has been accused of blasphemy by some members of the Christian community.
Tongaren’s followers have claimed that the religious leader has already demonstrated miraculous powers, having turned water into tea during a wedding ceremony in Bungoma. However, his claims of divine identity have ignited both curiosity and fear among the populace, particularly among those who view the claims as a direct challenge to their faith.
In an interview with TUKO.co.ke, Tongaren professed that he was protected by God’s own army and that he had no fear of those who sought to harm him. He even prophesied that those who have sensationalized this matter would be punished by the Almighty. He quipped that the threat of crucifixion was nothing but a mere dream to him and that he was ready to face whatever lay ahead.