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DCI invites fraud complaints against Gakuyo's Ekeza

David Kariuki Ngare
Bishop David Kariuki Ngare. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NMG 

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has scheduled sessions with Nairobi and Kiambu residents with fraud complaints against Gakuyo Real Estate, Ekeza Sacco and Gakuyo Investment Club.

The three organisations are linked to controversial televangelist David Kariuki Ngare, popularly known as Gakuyo.

Gakuyo is the overseer of Calvary Chosen Centre Church in Thika, a politician and a businessman.

In a statement on Wednesday, the DCI noted that it had received "numerous" complaints against these organisations.

The agency asked residents of the two counties to report to its headquarters on Kiambu Road at 9 a.m. on March 18 with the documents supporting claims of dealings.

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"Carry with you bank statements showing withdrawal and deposit agreements, deposit slips, receipts and any other document relevant to the dealings," John Kariuki said in the statement, on behalf of DCI boss George Kinoti.

Mr Kariuki said a date will be set for residents of other counties to go to the DCI with their complaints.

Gakuyo is accused of siphoning more than Sh1 billion belonging to 78,000 members, mostly peasants, of the troubled Ekeza Savings and Credit Cooperative Society.

He is said to have started an investors’ club at Gakuyo Real Estate, where he and his wife Hannah Wachu are co-directors, and asked Kenyans to invest their money to help the company run the business and in return reap a two per cent monthly interest.

The preacher allegedly used the money to upgrade his lifestyle by buying prime properties for his family and boosting his struggling real estate firm.

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