Police on Saturday arrested the controversial televangelistÂ Paul Mackenzie for allegedly linking the Huduma Namba to 666, which is associated with the devil.Â Â
Reports indicate that Mackenzie was arrested in Malindi for urging the public not to register for the digital listingÂ in a television summon dubbed â€˜End Timesâ€™.
Detectives and officials from the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) raided his Good News International Church in Malindi and seized cameras, computers and DVDs.
In the recent past, someÂ members of the clergy have suggested that the Huduma Namba has similarities with the mark of the beast that is explained in the Bible.Â Â
The pastorsÂ referencedÂ the book ofÂ Revelation 13:16-18Â which reads, “ItÂ is also forced all people to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark.Â Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.”Â
On April 2, President Uhuru Kenyatta visibly expressed his astonishment with how the pastors had convolutedly arrived at the facts about the Huduma Namba.Â
“MimiÂ nilishangaaÂ juzi,Â naÂ mimiÂ nawaheshimuÂ (makasisi)Â haswaÂ nikiwaÂ mkristo,Â nikiskiamakasisiÂ wengineÂ wakisema,Â atiÂ hiiÂ niÂ nambaÂ ya shetani, (I respect the preachers as a Christian myself but it was surprising to hear some of them claiming that the Huduma Namba is the devil’s number),” he began.Â
“JameniÂ (Goodness!),” Uhuru exclaimed while clutching his chin in disbelief.”ShetaniÂ naÂ kujitabulishaÂ inaunganiaÂ wapi?Â (What is the connection between the devil and the registration process?)Â My God,” he concluded.
He urged the men of the cloth not to use the privileged position and the respect they command from their followers to mislead them.
Mackenzi will be detainedÂ at the Malindi Police Station for 21 days to allow police and film experts complete investigation.