IN SHORT: Has a Kenyan “miracle healer” sought medical treatment outside the country? Social media posts claiming this are false.
A screenshot of what appears to be a tweet, shared on Facebook, alleges that Kenyan self-proclaimed prophet and preacher David Owuor flew out of the country for treatment. Apparently this was soon after “healing people” in the county of Nakuru, northwest of the capital Nairobi.
Claims of the preacher being leaving the country for medical treatment came days after Owuor held a “crusade” or rally in December 2022 in the city of Nakuru.
Owuor is well known for his fanatical followers and for attracting huge crowds across the continent, mainly because of claims of miracle healings by the preacher.
So it would be a talking point if he had to seek treatment himself, possibly dashing the hopes of many who might be unwell and hoping for his help.
The image continues to circulate online, including here, here, here, and here.
But did Owuor hurriedly leave Kenya for treatment?
Church denounces rumours
Through the official Twitter page of its radio station, Owuor’s church said the tweet doing the rounds on social media was “fake news”.
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Matthew 5:11,” read the tweet from Jesus is Lord Radio.
But could Owuor still have left the country, despite the church’s denial?
On 2 January 2023, when the social media posts claim he had already left, Owuor addressed a meeting of pastors and preachers in Nakuru. Video of the meeting is still available to view on this Twitter broadcast.
In the broadcast posted by Jesus is Lord Radio, an energetic Owuor is seen walking up and down the stage, in high spirits.
We could find no evidence that Owuor had left Kenya, and he appeared in rude health on the day he was meant to have left the country.
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