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Gakuyo in the self-recorded video noted that he was unaware of the motive behind his arrest at the airport. 

Popular televangelist David Kariuki Ngare, alias Gakuyo has reportedly been arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Gakuyo who is the founder of Ekeza Sacco, recorded a video on Wednesday, February 21, narrating his arrest ordeal.

The controversial televangelist noted that he had planned to fly out of the country but detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) ambushed him and barred him from catching his flight.

Gakuyo in the self-recorded video noted that he was unaware of the motive behind his arrest at the airport. He however attributed the arrest to a political witch hunt.

 A file image of Bishop Gakuyo. PHOTO | COURTESY

"They say I cannot leave the country. I’m at JKIA. I just think there is some revenge somewhere. I’m happy I might get an opportunity to see the judge and be told on what case I have. Right now I’m at the DCI airport,” Gakuyo said in the video.

He further explained that he was being held in the DCI officers at the international airport.

However, by the time of this publication, DCI officers had not issued a statement regarding the said arrest at JKIA.

Gakuyo who unsuccessfully contested the Thika Town MP seat in the 2022 elections, has been on the police radar over allegations of embezzling over Ksh1 billion from members of his Ekeza Sacco.

This was after the Ministry of Trade filed the complaint at the DCI headquarters setting the stage for investigations into the scandal affecting 78,000 members Ekeza Sacco.

An audit by the Commissioner of Co-operatives' office linked Gakuyo to irregular withdrawals of more than Sh1 billion from the sacco, part of which he used to buy a palatial residence at the leafy Nyari estate and to finance his real estate firm.

Despite the reports, Gakuyo has maintained his innocence setting the stage for a prolonged court battle.