Media Allowed To Cover Pastor Ng'ang'a's Ksh3.6M Fraud Case

The controversial man of God lashed out at members of the fourth estate in 2019 for covering his court cases which he termed as "celebrating his woes".

Media Allowed To Cover Pastor Ng'ang'a's Ksh3.6M Fraud Case

Media houses have been given a sudden shot in the arm in covering a Ksh3.6 million fraud case involving Pastor James Ng'ang'a after a Nairobi court turned down his application to stop them.

The controversial man of God lashed out at members of the fourth estate in 2019 for covering his court cases which he termed as "celebrating his woes".

Unadanganya watu eti Ng’ang’a amefungwa, chunga akili yako, kama huta chunga (You're lying to people that Ng'ang'a is locked up, if you won't watch out), I promise you the same again,” Ng'ang'a threatened after he was released from police custody.

Pastor James Ng'ang'a in court on June 15, 2021. /TWITTER

It was the same year that saw televangelist charged with defrauding businessman Wickson Njoroge Mwathe of Ksh3.6 million at his church office three years ago.

Ng'ang'a had denied obtaining Ksh3.6 million from Mwathe, pretending that he was on the verge of leasing to him a residential home in Karen Estate, Nairobi.

The pastor was charged in 2019 after he threatened to kill Citizen TV journalist Linus Kaikai. He was also charged with incitement to violence and disobedience of law but he denied the charges.

Kiambu principal magistrate Justus Kituku dismissed Ng'ang'a's lawyers' application to block the media from covering the case.

The defence had argued that the complainant, being a media personality, might negatively influence the coverage of the case.

Ng'ang'a had posted a video on his Facebook page addressing Linus Kaikai’s comment on live TV during a segment dubbed Kaikai’s Kicker on News Gang.

Kaikai had called for regulation of the religious sector and a requirement that clerics be well educated.

“I think it is time to regulate religious organizations especially the so-called ‘churches’. Former Attorney General, Githu Mwigai, proposed regulations that among other rules required preachers to submit certificates of good conduct and their Theological training certificates so as to be licensed to run churches.

"These are the rules Kenya, must revisit in order to restore sanity in the preaching enterprise they call it”, Kaikai said at the time.

In response, Pastor Ng’ang’a told the journalist to separate preaching and the duties of a news anchor, threatening the Strategy and Innovations Director in the process.

"I’m telling you like a Chief General Commander, you have to stop that. If you have crossed the line of Ng’ang’a, my friend you will face the consequences. I can’t hide you but you can't hide me.” Ng'ang'a retorted.

Citizen TV's Newsgang team during a past bulletin. /FILE