Four police cars were detained after they were filmed taking part in a convoy of self-proclaimed Prophet David Owuor during his triumphant entry into Nakuru County on Friday.
The vehicles were detained in Nakuru after Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet vowed to take action against officers, who assigned over eight police cars to Dr Owuor.
Even though the law allows one to hire police services, Boinnet noted the move was inappropriate and smells of misuse of public resources.
“The law allows one to hire police for private functions; however, not to the scale depicted in the [Prophet Owuor] video. I am assuring you that action is being taken. Misuse of public resources is not permitted in law,” Boinnet said.
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Owuor’s pompous arrival in Nakuru town was captured on video, which shows eight fully-occupied police vehicles with sirens and two motorcycle outriders accompanying the man.
A convoy of more than 40 mid- and high-end cars also formed part of Owuor’s convoy.
Some of the vehicles are not from Nakuru. A senior officer said they detained the vehicles but no one had been arrested.
“Let the drivers pray but we have detained the vehicles as part of investigations,” said an officer aware of the issue.
Owuor’s followers, who were waiting for his arrival, had lined up on Kenyatta Avenue for hours.
The followers were undisturbed by the heavy afternoon rains, which pounded the county.
Instead of sheltering, they chose to sing and dance in excitement outside a Nakuru hotel, where Owuor who is popularly known as 'Man of God' booked his entourage in for three days.
Traffic flow within Nakuru town was affected for hours as some of the streets were closed to give way for his entry.
On arrival, Owuor addressed the gathering, recounting to them his past events and the ‘miracles’ he had performed.
The meeting, which will be held at the Menengai Grounds on December 29, 30 and 31, has been dubbed the “Mega Revival Meeting”.
According to the organisers, the event will see the preacher “offer healing services” and “curse illnesses”.
Owuor’s followers defended him online following reports of action on the officers in the convoy.
A number of police are among believers in Owuor’s movement.