Apostle Jesse Karanja of Mizpah House of Prayer in Bahati, Nakuru County, has defended himself on why he refused to wed the Nakuru couple over the weekend. It was said that he refused to wed the couple because they were Hiv positive.

In an interview with NTV, the pastor revealed that he refused to wed the couple because they did not meet the church’s standard of producing medical reports.


The couple, Joyce Waithera and Paul Waithaka were given until Friday to submit the test results but they failed to do so. The pastor also said that the couple had refused to attend pre-marital counseling that was a must before they get married so that the pastor can ensure they are good Christians who will commit to each other in their marriage.

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The pastor said that he was not going to bend the rules for the couple, he said

“Basic principle standards of our Christian Pentecostal ministry were not met. If I tell the people you must go through our program of premarital counseling before you get married, If you do not go through it, because that is the only way I can know whether our responsibility to make you a good Christian and lead a happy marriage has been met.”

He also added,

“If I tell you, you are sidestepping the line of normal Christian life, if you don’t do, if I have a legal authority from heaven to excommunicate you. We had given the couple up to Friday to fulfill some standards and requirements of this ministry because we proclaim living a life of purity.”

Here is the video;