'Bishop' arrested in Kisii for allegedly conning followers Ksh 1.4 million

'Bishop' arrested in Kisii for allegedly conning followers Ksh 1.4 million

Bishop Samson Obonyo of the Pentecostal Evangelical Fellowship of Africa Church (PEFA) in Kisii. PHOTO|COURTESY

Police in Kisii have arrested a renowned self-proclaimed Bishop based at the Pentecostal Evangelical Fellowship of Africa Church (PEFA) over allegations of obtaining money by false pretence.

The DCI pounced on Bishop Samson Obonyo strolling along Jogoo estate's street within Kisii Township following several complaints launched by over 15 individuals who claimed that the 'man of the cloth' had swindled them hundreds of thousands in an effort to secure Visas with a promise of greener pastures abroad.

In a police report seen by Citizen Digital, over 20 youth from PEFA church thronged Kisii Central police station with painful stories about the self-proclaimed General Overseer who assured them of Visas and gainful employment in different overseas countries after committing facilitation fees worth Ksh. 30,000 each.

The 60-year-old in an exclusive interview with Citizen Digital at Kisii police station however, distanced himself from the allegations saying that he wasn't responsible for the loss of over Ksh.1.4 million from PEFA faithful, adding that there were different group members who should be held accountable for the offence. 

Obonyo further called upon the security team to delve into the matter, noting that he was ready to give out his phone for perusal for any suspicious transactions. 

He however agreed that there was a plan to take various youths abroad for jobs though the process was halted due to the emergence of COVID-19.

Kisii County Police Commander Charles Kases said that some of the victims were forced to travel as far as Nairobi for medical checkups only for fake doctors to appear for medical examination to give victims hope of traveling abroad.

PEFA Church officials are yet to make an official statement regarding the case.


Citizen Digital Kisii Citizen TV Kenya PEFA Bishop Samson Obonyo

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