Police Probe 'Miracle Babies' Pastor
Aug 20, 9:29 am ET
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police are investigating whether a pastor who
claims miraculous powers to make infertile women pregnant may be involved in
Gilbert Deya, a Kenyan pastor who heads the British-based Gilbert Deya
Ministries, claims to exorcise demons from women who are unable to conceive
naturally by praying for them.
The women, some of whom are past menopause, are then brought to Kenya where
they supposedly give birth and return to London with babies, police said.
"We believe in God, but we do not think God works that way. These are not
miracle babies, they belong somewhere," Criminal Investigations Department
spokesman Gideon Kibunja said on Friday.
"We are interviewing the people found with the children ... We suspect it is
a child smuggling ring."
Police Tuesday discovered 11 children aged between five months and 12 years
living in Nairobi with a 56-year-old woman who said she conceived them
without having sex with her husband after Deya's wife prayed for her.
The couple are under arrest and the children have been transferred to a home
in the Kenyan capital. Kibunja said police were arranging for DNA tests to
be carried out on the children, with the results expected next week.