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Benny Hinn’s mega crusade is not funded by Kenyan taxes – Committee says

The steering committee responsible for organising the long-awaited crusade of Israeli-born American-Canadian televangelist Benny Hinn has come out to set the record straight on the funding of the crusade.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, February 13, the committee said the crusade was not funded by the government as claimed, and that it was being organised entirely by Kenyan churches.

“The event has been organised, funded and coordinated by the churches of Kenya, which include both mainstream and evangelical churches in Kenya, with the aim of connecting the body of Christ in Kenya with the global body of Christ,” the statement read by Bishop Harrison Ng’ang’a said.

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However, this contradicts what the televangelist said in September last year when he claimed that the First Lady, Rachel Ruto, had invited him to a government-funded crusade.

“The First Lady of Kenya flew from Nairobi with her team for one reason only; to ask me to come back to Nairobi for a nationwide government-sponsored crusade,” said Benny Hinn.

The organising team reiterated that not a single coin of taxpayers’ money will be used for Benny Hinn’s event, which is expected to attract thousands of Kenyans.

Bishop Ng’ang’a said Kenya was open to all tourists from around the world, as well as business people and religious and Christian activities, so there was no need to speculate about Benny Hinn’s crusade.

“I do not believe that the government funds religious activities. We understand the importance of maintaining public confidence and we want to reassure Kenyans that their taxes will not be used for this event”.

The committee says all plans are in place for the mega-event, which is expected to attract more than 60,000 people from 20 countries.

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The event will take place over two days, February 24 and 25, at the Nyayo Stadium.

“I want to assure the public that the Steering Committee is fully committed to ensuring the success of this crusade and upholding the highest standards of integrity and transparency. We have worked tirelessly to coordinate this event with the utmost respect for all partners involved”.

Also speaking at the press conference was the Archbishop Gerrishon Kibarabara and Bishop Arthur Gitonga.

Kenyans have been urged to attend the event in large numbers to receive blessings from the televangelist, best known for his regular ‘miracle crusades’.