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Bishop Thomas Muthee: Mama Jane Speaks!

Much of the discussion over Sarah Palin’s “anointing” by witch-hunting Pastor Thomas Muthee has focused on what this tells us about the VP candidate; however, the resulting scrutiny also now has had unhappy consequences for the Kenyan evangelist, as journalist Zoe Alsop, writing for Womensenews, tracks down Mama Jane Njengu, the supposed “witch” whom Muthee boasts of having run out of town. It seems Muthee’s account is disputed by his victim; and his fellow-pastors are not impressed.

Alsop explains:

Muthee claimed that police rescued Mama Jane from a lynch mob at the time, and then whisked her away for good after gunning down a pet python they mistook for a demon.

But some residents of Kiambu were somewhat skeptical of Muthee’s claims.

Not least among them is the herbalist Jane W. Njenga, a pastor with the African Mission of Holy Ghost Church, who is best known as Mama Jane.

She says she didn’t own a pet python and she’s never left her compound, located about a half-mile from Muthee’s immense new church…Robust and topping six feet in the trademark shiny white robes of her church, Njenga is undeniably still in town.

Njenga also claims that Muthee “took a loudspeaker into the street and he told people to pray for seven days that I would die”.

The story has been picked up (without acknowledging Alsop’s work) by the UK Daily Telegraph, under the headline “False claims exposed of Kenyan pastor who protected Sarah Palin from witches”. It includes this detail:

…Rival pastors in Kiambu now denounce Muthee for his treatment of Mama Jane.

“You cannot make personal gain on crucifying a woman,” said an ally of Mama Jane, Pastor Gideon Maina. “As a man of God, you don’t make your name by stepping on other people’s names.”

Muthee has been endorsed by C. Peter Wagner, leader of the Charismatic “New Apostolic Reformation”. A couple of months ago one evangelist for whom Wagner prophesized a glorious future withdrew from public ministry following an affair.

5 Responses

  1. My faith has largely taken ownership of the word “witch” in much the same way that other cultural minorities take ownership of pejoratives.

    I had assumed, on first hearing of the story that this “witch” was a practicing Pagan of one kind or another and not a rival Christian leader.

  2. I also believe that all fictitious characters, so the Gentiles, which over time have begun to ascribe different properties.

  3. […] some “mob justice” of his own to “destroy witches”, as one of his victims attests. And three women were burned to death as witches by “mob justice” in Uganda in 2007. […]

  4. I trust my bishop and he is a man of God.what God has called him to do,do it the devil is defeated.

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