The High Court has recently granted a stay order to prevent the deregistration of Pastor Ezekiel Odero’s church, which is popularly known as the New Life Prayer Centre & Church. This decision comes after Odero had filed two applications seeking to overturn the directive but withdrew one of them on Monday. In light of this, a new application was filed by Frankline Kilonzo and Alice Wanyama, which ultimately resulted in Justice Jairus Ngaah granting Odero’s request for the suspension of the Registrar of Societies’ directive.
As part of his ruling, Justice Ngaah also ordered that no one acting on behalf of the Registrar or its agents should interrupt or interfere with the day-to-day operations and activities of New Life Prayer Centre &Church. This means that Pastor Odero can continue to lead his congregation without fear of any interference from external parties.
However, it is important to note that there are still some legal procedures that need to be followed in this matter. For instance, Pastor Odero is required by law to file and serve a motion for substantive orders of judicial review within seven days. On the other hand, the respondents (i.e., those who oppose Odero’s application) are also expected to file and serve their response within seven days after receiving notice from applicants’ motion according to court papers released today.
It is worth mentioning that directions regarding this matter will be given after recess on September 20th, 2023. Therefore, we will have to wait until then to find out what happens next in this case. Nonetheless, it is clear that for now, Pastor Odero and his congregation can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they can continue practicing their faith without any undue interference from external parties.