Controversial preacher Gilbert Deya wants the police restrained from harassing him when he comes to Kenya to face charges relating to his “miracle babies” fiasco.
Lawyer John Swaka, in an application before Justice Ngenye Macharia on Wednesday, said Mr Deya wants to come back to Kenya as soon as practically possible but is apprehensive that the police would arrest, manhandle and embarrass him on the pretext of investigating and charging him.
Kenyan police allege that the preacher stole five children between May 1999 and December 2004 from Pumwani Maternity Hospital to facilitate his “miracle babies” project.
The babies are believed to have been among those he later gave to barren women in his church on the pretext that they were “miracle babies”.
“Archbishop Deya’s wife, Mary Deya, was acquitted of the offences and he is confident that the same will happen to him and is ready to present himself before the authorities,” says Mr Swaka in court papers.
He said it was out of these concerns that Mr Deya is seeking the protection of the court and assurances of his safety and liberty as enshrined in the Constitution.
“Archbishop Deya is not a flight risk, and has no capacity to interfere with investigations conducted many years ago,” he said.
His application comes a week after a court in the United Kingdom threw out his case challenging his deportation.