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Pastor Ng’ang’a freed after man withdraws Sh3.6m fraud lawsuit

Pastor James Ng'ang'a

Tele-evangelist James Ng’ang’a at a Nairobi court. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Tele-evangelist James Ng’ang’a of Neno Evangelism Church is a free man now after settling out of court a Sh3.6 million fraud case against him in a rent deal.
  • The court freed Pastor Ng’ang’a after Wickson Njoroge Mwathe forgave him then told senior resident magistrate Wandia Nyamu he did not want to pursue the case further.

Tele-evangelist James Ng’ang’a of Neno Evangelism Church is a free man now after settling out of court a Sh3.6 million fraud case against him in a rent deal.

The court freed Pastor Ng’ang’a after Wickson Njoroge Mwathe forgave him then told senior resident magistrate Wandia Nyamu he did not want to pursue the case further.

Mr Mwathe, who took the witness stand, told Ms Nyamu at the Milimani Law Courts that the accused was his father’s spiritual leader and pastor and that after soul searching, he had “decided to forgive him (apostle Ng’ang’a).”

Answering questions from Ms Nyamu and State prosecutor Abel Omariba, Mr Mwathe stated he understands that once he withdraws the case he could not revisit it any other time.

Mr Mwathe said he was not coerced to withdraw the case against Pastor Ng’ang’a, although he added he got a “token of Sh700,000 out of the Sh3.6million he alleged he was defrauded by the preacher”.

The pastor was defended by lawyers Cliff Oduk who did not object to the move by Mr Mwathe to withdraw the case.

Mr Omariba did not oppose the plea by Mr Mwathe to terminate the case against the preacher.

“I have instruction from the director of public prosecutions to oppose the plea to terminate the case against Pastor Ng’ang’a,” Mr Omariba told the magistrate.

In the case Mr Mwathe had alleged he was defrauded the Sh3.6million in a rent deal.

The complainant had told police in his complaint that he lost the cash to the pastor at the man of God’s city office.

In her ruling, Ms Nyamu discharged the accused and terminated the case under Section 204 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Ms Nyamu also directed the cash bail deposited by the pastor, who had denied defrauding Mr Mwathe Sh3.6million pretending he was in a position to offer Mr Mwathe a house at the upmarket Karen Estate in Nairobi, be returned to him after producing the deposit receipt at the relevant accounts department.

Apostle Ng’ang’a had been charged with committing the offence on April 6, 2016, at the Neno Evangelism Church office on Haile Selassie Avenue, Nairobi. Upon being released the pastor declined to comment on the case saying “whoever wants any comment let him or her go to my church”.

His lawyer prevailed upon the media not to harass the “free man since the case has been terminated.”