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Pastor James Ng'ang'a arrested in Nairobi over Sh3.6m fraud

Friday April 5 2019

Pastor James Ng'ang'a

Pastor James Ng'ang'a of the Neno Evangelism. The is the talk of town for using the altar to insult and threaten some bishops he termed disrespectful. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

VINCENT ACHUKA
By VINCENT ACHUKA
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Controversial televangelist James Maina Ng'ang'a was on Thursday evening arrested in the capital Nairobi for allegedly defrauding a businessman of Sh3.6 million.

Police picked up the Neno Evangelism Centre head from his home and drove him Central Police Station where he spent the night.

After hours of interrogation, he was freed on a police bond on Friday morning.

The preacher, who is facing charges of killing a woman through reckless driving and threatening to kill journalist Linus Kaikai, is set to appear in court later today.

The Friday court date will be the preacher's second in less than a month.

On March 19, Mr Ng'ang'a was charged with threatening to kill Mr Kaikai and incitement to violence and released on a Sh200,000 cash bail or Sh300,000 bond.

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The charges came after he released a video clip in social media issuing threats of unknown consequences against the journalist who had criticized rogue preachers and called for regulation of the religious sector, including a requirement of higher education for clerics.

The preacher Ng’ang’a quickly responded by posting a self-recorded video in which he bashed Kaikai for his comments.

In the three-minute video, he told Kaikai not to compare Rwanda to Kenya and that degrees are not a qualification to enter heaven.