The death of an immortal

Jan 17, 2016

Photo credit: New Humanist

By Daniel Sitole

Heaven and hell are no more and God’s final judgement will never come; God, the creator of generations and everything on earth, is gone for ever. The news about the death of Jehovah Wanyonyi, leader of the Lost Israelites Church, has shocked his followers in Kenya and Uganda. His death remains a mystery to his closest acolytes, despite the Kenyan government’s confirmation that it issued a burial permit.

“Jehovah our god is alive, and he will never die, not even for a single day like Jesus,” Eliab Makokha, who held the position of “Angel” in Wanyonyi’s sect, told me. “The ‘death’ of our god is a creation of the media, how can the giver of life die?”

But Christopher Wanjau, the deputy commissioner for Uasin Gishu County in Kenya’s Rift Valley, home (until recently) to Wanyonyi, begs to differ. “It is true Wanyonyi died of malaria at his home,” he said. “The area chief Daniel Busienei issued a permit to Jehovah’s son Nelson Wanyoni to transfer the body to Cherangani hospital in Kitale.”


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7 comments on “The death of an immortal

  • @OP link – “Jehovah our god is alive, and he will never die, not even for a single day like Jesus,” Eliab Makokha, who held the position of “Angel” in Wanyonyi’s sect, told me. “The ‘death’ of our god is a creation of the media, how can the giver of life die?”

    The chief sheeple-herder sits in denial making up conspiracy theories! – Complete with the sincerity of delusion!
    Nothing new there!

    Hearing that he could cure all disease, the people donated their land and livestock to Wanyonyi, or sold it and gave him the cash. He also married most of their daughters.

    But despite his claims, his followers fell victim to disease – malaria, typhoid, cholera and meningitis. Many died, because Jehovah did not allow them to go to hospital for treatment, in addition to forbidding their children to attend school. Eventually, the people of Bungoma turned against him. They burned his houses and chased him and his family out of the county. Those who had given him their land took it back, as others sought help from the government to retrieve their land. Wanyonyi fled with his family and a small number of followers to the neighbouring Mount Elgon district. Here he was welcomed, given more land and livestock, and new followers joined the sect as he added more wives. While in Elgon, Wanyonyi predicted that the end of the world would come in 1995; then again in 2000; and again in 2002. His followers in Elgon also noticed that the man did not appear to have the divine powers he claimed. They, too, chased Wanyonyi away.

    That is how Wanyonyi came to settle at Chemororoch village, in Uasin Gishu, where he died.

    Even when the scamsters lost credibitly in some communities and were expelled, there were plenty of gullible ignorant ready to form new exploitable sheeple herds elsewhere!



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  • Nothing new there!

    Nothing new here, I see. Oh look at those ignorant people! What a pathetic culture. Hee-hee. Haw-haw. He’s not immortal. How could they think he’s immortal? Hahahahahah

    Great attitude. Judgement and derision. Very constructive. Very intelligent.



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  • Aaron Linder
    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Even Jesus died, what stupid beliefs. Jesus’s resurrection is proof of his divinity. He ascended onto a cloud and took off after 500 people seeing him.

    Strange that none of the Roman chroniclers or historians who kept detailed records, noticed at the time, or considered this a news-worthy item, and that Biblical accounts were written centuries or decades later – just as if they they were made up stories to impress naive cult followers!



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  • Dan
    Jan 19, 2016 at 3:51 am

    @OP link – “Jehovah our god is alive, and he will never die,

    Nothing new there!

    Nothing new here, I see. Oh look at those ignorant people! What a pathetic culture.

    Don’t you see the similarity between this recent delusional myth with death-denial, and the thinking behind the 2,000 year old one illustrated above?

    Even Jesus died, what stupid beliefs. Jesus’s resurrection is proof of his divinity.

    These people need protection from being indoctrinated in this form of delusional thinking!



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  • Don’t you see the The similarity…?

    Yes, I do. But I don’t see the differences – and yet I know that there are important differences, as do you. I am frustrated w/ myself because I know so little about this culture and yet I feel such contempt in my own heart. Ignorance (and I am applying this to myself only ) often takes the form of judgment and contempt prior to investigation and insight, as Herbert Spencer said. (Paraphrasing.)

    I do think, however, that these followers are being kept down or are keeping themselves down (or both) in the worst way possible.



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