Freedom at last for controversial preacher – Abraham Chol

<strong>Freedom at last for controversial preacher – Abraham Chol</strong>
Prophet Abraham Chol Maketh of Cush International. Photo: Courtesy.

​The controversial preacher, prophet Abraham Chol, has finally left prison.

The leader of Kush Church, who was jailed for 31 months last year, finally walked to freedom, his church confirmed yesterday.

Chol was convicted on December 20 after a high court sitting in Juba found him guilty of abusing President Salva Kiir.

The provocative preacher was accused of plotting to overthrow the government after he predicted the downfall of the current regime.

Last December, he was sentenced to two years and nine months in jail for ‘insulting’ the head of state and using religion for political purposes.

Chol, who is also the proprietor of Cush International Church, was arrested and detained in July 2021, after claiming the president and the first vice president were going to be replaced by Independence Day on July 9, 2021.

He was initially charged with ten counts, but eight were dropped, leaving him with only two, including defaming the president and exploiting religion for political purposes.

His church said he was finally released after spending 20 months in jail.

“Good evening Cushites this is to inform you that our Divine Father king Abraham Cush has been released today !!!!” – Cush Vision International said in a statement.

After walking to freedom, Chol was received by his ardent followers who thronged his home in Juba.

Chol had ‘prophesied’ that President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Dr Riek Machar will not be in office beyond 9 July 2021, and that a new leader will take over the country.

These, the court found, were in violation of Articles 76 and 202 of the Bill of Rights.

He was further fined SSP 500,000 in fine for the second charge.