Embattled televangelist and head of Neno Evangelism Centre James Ng’ang’a yesterday blamed the media for his woes as he battled claims of alleged culpability in the accident that killed a woman last month.
He also condemned those accusing him of illiteracy, saying the church is not a university and he has “a three-piece suit unlike those who claim to be educated”. In an interesting twist, a joyful Ng’ang’a known for his flamboyancy also evoked President Uhuru Kenyatta’s name, saying he supported him on his assertion that newspapers are for meat wrapping.
“Your Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, have you read newspaper today? Of course I know you have… lakini magazeti ni ya kufunga nyama (newspapers are for wrapping meat ). It is true I support you Mr President…. now they have stopped writing other things and are concentrating on me.
I heard them say I am not learned, but I have a three-piece suit, yet they are learned, but lack the same. This is not a university, this is a church,” he told his full-packed church with cheerful congregation during yesterday’s sermon. Ng’ang’a said the traps laid before him by his enemies would be defeated as he prophesied divine deliverance from the pulpit.
He said all those behind his persecution are doomed to fail miserably and would be judged harshly by God. For the last one month, Ng’ang’a has hit headlines for all the wrong reasons, including the alleged accident cover-up and alleged Sh2 million swindle charge by one of his aggrieved faithful.
Last week, High Court ordered immediate freezing of bank accounts held by Neno Evangelism Centre. The complainant, Geoffrey Ndung’u accused Ng’ang’a of refusing to return Sh2 million he had deposited in the church’s account because the embattled pastor offered him “special prayers” to help him deal with psychological problems in April 2012.
Ndung’u successfully filed a plea to compel the church to return the money to him or have it recovered from bank accounts held by Neno Evangelism Centre trustees accounts at Equity and Cooperative banks. In defence, Ng’ang’a claimed his church did not get the cash through coercion, rather through voluntary contribution.
In April the High Court ordered the church’s accounts frozen, a ruling that was upheld by senior principal magistrate Linus Kassan on August 4 pending the hearing of the case whose mention will be on September 22. The controversial pastor is also in the limelight after he was charged before a Limuru court in connection with the road accident in which Mercy Njeri was killed last month.
He is accused of causing death through dangerous driving, giving false information to the police, conspiring to defeat justice and failing to report an accident. He denied the charges and was released on a Sh1 million bond by Limuru senior principal magistrate Timothy Tanchu.
Also charged were Simon Kuria, who denied giving false information to the police, and police officer Christopher Nzioka, who denied claims he neglected his duties. The magistrate said the prosecution failed to provide sufficient reasons why Ng’ang’a should be denied bail as he had cooperated with police during investigations into the Limuru accident.
Kuria (who claims to have been driving the car that caused the accident), Nzioka and colleague Patrick Baya, have also been released on a Sh50,000 cash bail each, or a Sh100,000 bond with a surety of a similar amount.