Communications Authority has suspended programing on Neno Evangelism Pastor Nganga’s SASA TV for violating the code of conduct.
In a press statement released on Saturday, Director General Ezra Chiloba said the decision was arrived at following Media Council of Kenya’s (MCK) investigations on ‘offensive’ content aired on October 3, 2021.
The controversial pastor was put on the spotlight after a video of one of his sermons went viral. He was heard directing that when he dies, female nurses should not be allowed to handle his body at the mortuary.
Pastor Nganga’s “Revelations”
For a man who’s not new to controversy, in yet another video Pastor Ngang’a “boasted” of siring many children out of wedlock, in different parts of the country.
“I am a grandfather to so many kids, some are in Kirinyaga, some are in Ukambani, some in Nakuru. In Kisumu I am not so sure…maybe one or two from those who were living in Mombasa,” he added.
MCK at the time threatened to take action, in accordance with the code of conduct clauses breached by the station.
“The Council notes that the media house in question breached clauses 5 (b) (c) on Accountability and 10 (1) on Obscenity, Taste and Tone in Reporting by allowing a presenter, Apostle James Maina Ng’ang’a in a live broadcast from ‘Jerusalem City Kenya’ at 1024 hours where he uttered offensive and unprintable words on air,” the council stated.
Following its suspension from today, the Pastor has been directed to employ adequate staff at the station who must all acquire accreditation with MCK.
Additionally, that SASA TV crew undergo mandatory training “on appropriate operations of the Profanity Delay Mechanism system, management of live broadcasts, broadcasting legal framework, consumer protection, and complaints handling.”
Chiloba says the suspension is for six months, although the station risks having its license revoked should it ignore the directives.