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I’m just different not cultish, Esther Arunga’s ex-pastor now says

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When Joseph Hellon Onyango holds a saxophone, women shiver; or at least that is what he says they tell him when they attend his performances. When he plays the sax or the flute, what emerges is a vibration of sounds that he has now purposed into what he refers to as “his call.”

He calls his music godly, and is quick to add that he does not believe in what people classify as gospel music. For him, as long as music has a positive message and lifts people’s spirit, then it is right by God.

Hellon is a preacher. A different one. He believes a pair of coloured jeans and curls like the ones on his head have nothing to do with winning souls.

His church, the one that landed former television star Esther Arunga into controversy, is up and standing.He says the service is held every Sunday at Kenya School of Law and he has more than 300 members.

Back then, the church was called Finger of God, a name Hellon says he chose after carefully reading the bible.

“Finger of God is holy spirit. The Law of Moses was written by the finger of God. There is nothing dirty about that name as Kenyans were suggesting,” he says.He says when his church was at the centre of bad Press in 2010, around the time when Esther Arunga had resigned from her job to be fully involved in church and become a politician, he contemplated changing the name.

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In March this year, the church changed name to Kingdom Embassy International. He in partnership with an American preacher, run other churches globally.“When I was facing the devil in 2010, my church was alone. I realised the importance of partnerships. I imagine things would have been different if I had support,” he says.Hellon has mastered the bible.

He says he has read Genesis to Revelation, and in between, he has learnt to forgive people, including the media who called his church a cult.

Serious counselling

“There is nothing cultish about my church. I am controversial and I do things differently. Our messiah was controversial. Preachers who are not should ask themselves if they are really working for God,” he says, as he plays his golden sax at his Karen home in Nairobi.

On Thursday, a few hours after Arunga had been handed a 10-months suspended sentenced by an Australian court, social media erupted blaming Hellon for her woes.“I met Esther at a church event. I was a singer and she was emceeing. We talked and decided to do business together,” he says, explaining the start of a friendship that many believe ruined Arunga.

He says she also wanted serious counselling, a task he was ready for since he was a preacher. The jazz maestro says he was contracted to work for the Famous Tusker Project Fame show and he says when Quincy Timberlake, his former schoolmate at Kokuro Primary School in Migori saw him on TV, he reached out and they rekindled a friendship that has since been severed.

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“He came to my church and he is the one who helped in registering the Placenta party where I was vying for president with Esther as my deputy,” says Hellon.

Their relationship, church activities and mannerism became an issue of public concern.It has been nine years since they made news, and his church put under police investigations. The case filed against the church was dismissed for lack of evidence. Hellon says he has grown even more.A faithful, identified only as Bullah says he has never met a man wiser than his spiritual leader Hellon.“When you talk to him, you realise he is different and he understands the bible better than most people,” he says.

Hellon’s wife Kuyu notes that no matter what was reported about her husband back then, nothing would have changed her mind from believing in him.“I knew there was nothing wrong with his church. If you know your husband, there is nothing that people say that can shake you,” she says.

When conversations about religion and people losing their all come up, as they often do when the saga surrounding Hellon and his church spring up, he believes someday God will descend, and it is then that people will realise his church was genuine. Until then, he waits. And while he does, he takes the deepest breath, and blows into his saxophone.

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“They call me the maestro. That I am! Other things like cults are fragments of their imagination,” he says.

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Here’s why Shimo la Tewa is trending on Twitter

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o attend court in CF 675/97 and was sentenced to pay an Sh200,000 fine or serve six months in prison in default.

Sonko, according to the document, had failed to raise the fine and was committed to Shimo la Tewa prison in Mombasa to serve his custodial sentence.

On the same day, Sonko was also sentenced to pay Sh500,000 or in default serve six months in prison for failing to appear for previous hearings in case CF 1727/96 and was to serve both sentences concurrently for 12 months.

He was then admitted to Shimo la Tewa under prison number P/No. SHO/477/1998 and was scheduled to be released on March 11, 1999 but ‘mysteriously’ disappeared from the correctional facility on April 16, 1998, a month after his incarceration.

About a fortnight ago, Shimo la Tewa Maximum Security Prison said in court documents that the Nairobi county boss, aka Mbuvi Gideon Kioko, needs to be charged with escaping from prison and serve his remaining sentence.

Here is what Kenyans on Twitter are saying about Shimo La Tewa.

#TeamMwalimuDida@mwalimu_dida

What happens to Mike Sonko now? Will he be taken back to Shimo la Tewa to serve the remainder of his prison time? I understand that he left the premises under unclear circumstances and without the approval of warders or a judge.

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Tiwaine Ole Nchoko@OleTiwaine

Sonko was arrested in Voi? He might have been going back to Shimo La Tewa to complete his sentence.

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Activist Kyle@kyle_protich

Mike Sonko wondering which term to finish first 😂😂😂Nairobi governor or Inmate at Shimo la Tewa @MikeSonko

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Erick Atitwa@AtitwaGmail

Once Sonko is arraigned in court he shall be released on bond then rearrested by prison officers from shimo la tewa and presented to court as a prison escapee.He will then be taken back to serve the remainder of the jail term.Within that period in prison impeachment will happen

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A Karani Onsomu@erwoti

Mike Sonko arrested in Voi.

Kwani Sonko with all his money endures the long and draining drives to Mombasa? Ama alikuwa anajipeleka Shimo la Tewa?

And just like that, his power is about gone.

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Rein@Asamoh_

The Flying Squad should direct take @MikeSonko to SHIMO la Tewa to complete his sentence. @DCI_Kenya @ODPP_KE

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Saumu Sonko shares special message after her father’s arrest

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Saumu Sonko appears to be taking a stand with her father, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, who was arrested on Friday afternoon following an order by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

Saumu shared a picture on her Instagram of a moment she was taking a selfie her father while embracing adorably and also made it her profile photo.

Governor Sonko was arrested in Voi town by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) who claimed the county boss was on the run when he was intercepted at a roadblock.

Sonko is expected to face charges at the anti-corruption court over the loss of Sh357 million in the county.

The City Hall boss and the other county officials will face charges of conspiracy to commit economic crime, willful failure to comply with the law and conflict of interest.

Haji said a probe by the anti-graft agency EACC had collected sufficient evidence to sustain the corruption charges.

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‘I love you!’ Janelle Monae tells Lupita in birthday wish

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Lupita Nyong’o has reignited rumours that she is romantically involved with American star, Janelle Monae.

The Black Panther star shared a video clip of her and Janelle looking hot and dressed in Greek-inspired outfits.

The Boomerang clip was accompanied with a shout out Janelle saying,

“Happy birthday to my exceptional friend from the future, @janellemonae. I love sharing real life and real fantasy with you…”

Janelle responded to the post saying,

“I love you”

Fans went crazy.

“I’m not the one one who assume they a secret couple, am I?” a very curious follower speculated.

The comments section is filled with such comments and other brazen ones as well.

Neither Lupita nor  Janelle have addressed the dating rumours.

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