DCI summons people allegedly defrauded by Gakuyo companies


DCI summons people allegedly defrauded by Gakuyo companies
Rev. David Kariuki Ngare alias Gakuyo during a past sermon. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • The office of the DCI acknowledged receiving numerous fraud complaints on three companies related to the controversial preacher-cum-politician.
  • The companies are Gakuyo Real Estate, Ekeza Sacco Limited and Gakuyo Investment Club.
  • The public, from Kiambu and Nairobi counties, are now requested to report to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road on Monday March 19, 2019, at 9am.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has summoned members of the public from Nairobi and Kiambu counties who were allegedly defrauded by schemes connected to televangelist David Kariuki Ngare, alias Gakuyo.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the office of the DCI acknowledged receiving numerous fraud complaints on three companies related to the controversial preacher-cum-politician namely; Gakuyo Real Estate, Ekeza Sacco Limited and Gakuyo Investment Club.

The public, from the two counties, are now requested to report to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road on Monday March 19, 2019, at 9am.

“Carry with you bank statement showing withdrawal/deposits, afreement, deposit slips. Receipts and any other document relevant to the dealing,” read the statement signed by Head of Serious Crimes Unit Joseph Kariuki.

“A day will be set for members who are from other counties and it will be communicated in due course.”

Ekeza Sacco hit the headlines after it emerged that the televangelist, who is the founder, allegedly embezzled members’ funds.

The money that was apparently transferred to his personal account belonged to 78,000 members of the savings and credit company.

Gakuyo surrendered to the DCI headquarters on Thursday last week in the company of his lawyer Danstan Omari and six other Ekeza Sacco officials.

Last year, the Government revoked the Sacco’s license following complaints that Ekeza was sharing office space and bank accounts with Gakuyo Real Estate Company. The license was, however, reinstated.

At one point, Gakuyo also attempted to sell his hotels and land tied to the real estate company but was stopped after an application from the Commissioner of Cooperatives.

He wanted to sell Lillies Hotel in Juja, Salama House and Swift Breeze Hardware on Garissa Road, a quarry in Murang’a County as well as 250 acres of land in Machakos County.

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