Eroo Mtetezi: From surviving witchcraft to becoming Gospel musician, politician

EROO MTETEZI’s father was a polygamous wizard but he chose a different path for himself and became a pastor. He explains how he escaped death after being poisoned and why he decided to serve God rather than his father’s gods.

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Pastor Eroo Mtetezi, a born again Christian. Jesus is my friend and personal saviour. I am also a musician, father, entrepreneur and husband. I have a degree in computer software and programs from Graffins College. Currently, I am a resident of Nairobi County.

Give a brief history of your education.

I was born and raised in Turkana County. I am the first born of two sons. It was a polygamous family, my mother was the second wife of many my father had. My father worked for the provincial government as a caretaker of animals rescued from cattle rustling, so life was generally good. He was also a wizard and it worked well for him.

What was it like living in a wizard’s house and your father working as one?

Our house was like a clinic because the sick camped there until they were cured, a story I will have to explain in detail in our next interview. I saw my father do a lot in his wizarding work since he used to engage me in his activities.

One day he took me with him to a small forest in our area. He spoke to a tree and it dried up. I saw this with my own eyes. He was not a wash-wash dude but a real mganga. My father was always away to take care of other people, mainly his clients, and his long absence really affected the family.

Interestingly, my younger brother fell ill and my father was nowhere to treat him. He succumbed to the disease. This is where things started to go downhill. Mom got angry and she left the wedding. Dad came to pick me up and walked with me.

Where did your father take you and how did it go?

After my mother ran away home, my father took me to live with his first wife. Initially things seemed to be going well, but it didn’t take long before we were both poisoned. Dad passed away but thank God I’m alive today.

I was taken in by someone who knew my mother and they put me up for a while. That’s how my early childhood was and I started working for people to survive. I took care of the animals in the fields among other tasks… It was hard.

In 1998, my father’s brother, James Lobwin Lopua Eremon, came to my rescue. He brought me to live with his family in Nairobi.

How did you continue your education?

My uncle who had saved me re-enrolled me in school. I tell you he was the man that God used for my life all along. I owe him everything. He was a pillar in my life.

How was the turnaround, I mean from a son of a sorcerer to a servant of God?

My uncle, whom I now call dad, was a very devoted Christian. I learned a lot from him under his care. His passion for God was unmatched. He introduced me to the church and I fell in love with it from the start.

In 2003 I gave my life to Christ and that’s how my journey began. Today, I pastor at Faith in Christ Ministry, a church I have attended for over 12 years. I thank God for the path traveled so far.

Tell us about your song ‘Umenitoa Mbali’.

In 2012, God gave me a song while I was working in a liquor store in Eastleigh, Nairobi. The song called ‘Umenitoa Mbali’ is based on my real life experiences, a true story.

You can watch this song and others on YouTube, stream on Boom Play, Baze Music app, Spotify and all other music apps. I recorded the song in 2013 and God has been faithful so far.

You recently ran for a political seat in Ruaraka… How was the experience?

Over the years we have had challenges as citizens because we elect incompetent fellows to represent us, but they fail in the end. They get the votes, only to come back after four years when they seek votes for the next term.

The desire for leadership is in me. I find rest when people’s lives are changed for the better. I thought about it in 2017 and was adamant about it.

I thought, instead of complaining about bad leadership, why not give it a try? And I fought well in the race for Ruaraka constituency, competing with the Usawa Kwa Wote party.

The support was overwhelming; unfortunately it was not our day. So I live to get up one more day, five years is not a lot of time.

I am only 31 years old. I am proud of my campaign efforts. It was only that the wave of the dominant parties – Azimio and Kenya Kwanza – prevailed. But I learned a lot, which will be useful to me in the near future.