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Pastor who died in woman’s house was a good man, Kitonga

The head of the Redeemed Gospel Church, Archbishop Arthur Kitonga on Sunday came out in defence of a pastor who died in mysterious circumstances in a house in Buruburu estate last Tuesday.

Addressing worshippers during a service at the Redeemed Gospel Church New Life International on Latema Road in downtown Nairobi, Archbishop Kitonga said the late Bishop Geoffrey Maingi was only helping one of the church’s faithful, Esther Wavinya, to make ends meet after she separated from her husband.

Bishop Maingi is said to have collapsed and died in Ms Wavinya’s bedroom, fuelling speculation of a possible affair between the pair.

But addressing worshippers, Archbishop Kitonga said the late Bishop Maingi had shared with him Ms Wavinya’s tribulations.

Written garbage

“Whatever has been written in the newspaper is garbage. All that has been written is not true,” Kitonga said.

“Maingi took me to the house of that lady three months ago. He told me that she had marital problems and he had helped her start a business.” 

“He (Bishop Maingi) had lent her some money to set up some business and he would visit her every week to see how the business was doing and pray and encourage her.”

Ms Wavinya, according to Archbishop Kitonga, was supposed to refund Bishop Maingi the money once the business stabilised.

“I told him to continue helping her so that she may not venture into the streets,” he said.

Archbishop Kitonga praised the late Maingi for his unwavering commitment to the Church, terming him a true servant of God.

“All the things which have been written about the God’s servant are not true and anybody who speaks contrary to what is not true will be cursed,” he warned.

Speaker after speaker heaped praise on the late Maingi terming him a ‘General’ in the Kingdom.”