Controversial televangelist James Ng’ang’a is facing fraud charges for obtaining money by false pretenses.
Pastor Ng’ang’a allegedly entered into a deal to lease a 17-bedroomed apartment to a Nairobi businessman for KSh3.6 million.
Wickson Njoroge Mwathi (the plaintiff) in his testimony says that the man of God took him to the Karen house which he liked after checking it out. On April 2016, he signed a contract that had terms of the lease agreement at Pastor Ng’ang’a’s Neno Evangelism Center office located at the Uhuru Highway – Haile Selassie Avenue Roundabout.
“After signing the lease agreement, I left the cash with my advocate to bank with the landlord (Pastor Ng’ang’a) and proceeded to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for a meeting,” the plaintiff told the Milimani Law Court.
The prosecution, however, sought for adjournment of the case until after the lawyer involved in the signing of the agreement and depositing the money to Ng’ang’a’s bank account records a statement.
The defense lawyer cried foul, arguing that prosecution had time to record the statement since the case was filed in 2016.
“I don’t understand what the statement will help in the case. The case started in 2016 and the prosecution should have already taken the statements,” Lawyer Charles Ogutu argued.
Resident Magistrate David Ndungi granted the prosecution’s request ordering the investigating officer to record the statement from the lawyer. The court also ordered that the witness statement be served to the accused within 14 days.
The court denied Ng’ang’a’s request to have the hearing in-camera as “media coverage he’s getting is a negative one.”
The next hearing is set to be heard on September 7, 2021. Pastor Ng’ang’a is out on a KSh 500,000 cash bail.