Controversial televangelist Archbishop Gilbert Deya has been denied bail.

A Nairobi court ruled that the prosecution had given compelling reasons to warrant his stay in custody pending his child trafficking trial.

Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi also said that the case will be heard on a daily basis and asked the prosecution to ensure they are prepared. 

Archbishop Gilbert Deya deported back to Kenya to face child trafficking charges

Gilbert Deya is charged with five counts of child trafficking, all of which he denied.

Self-contained cell

He has been in police custody at Kamiti Prison since his deportation back to Kenya.

On August 10 2017, the Archbishop of Peckham complained to the court that the conditions at Kamiti were pathetic and against the terms of agreement during his extradition from the UK. 

Archbishop Gilbert Deya now wants to come home, but…

He said that the Kenyan authorities went against a deal that he was to be detained in a self-contained cell and was instead locked up with 11 other people and was using a bucket for a toilet.

“He stays with the waste bucket in his locked room throughout the night and in the morning, he is forced to wash it with his bare hands without soap or any detergent. The officer in charge told him there was nothing they could do about it when he complained,” his lawyer, John Swaka, told the court.

Address the situation

The prosecution, through senior assistant DPP Nicholas Mutuku, denied knowledge of an arrangement for special treatment.

Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi said there was little he could do to address the situation, and asked the Kenyan authorities to try and meet the international standards for prisons.

Deya is ready to face trial and believes he will be found innocent of the charges.

The case is set to be heard on October 9 2017.