Pastor Ng’ang’a denies involvement in killer accident

Pastor James Ng'ang'a
Pastor James Ng'ang'a

Neno Evangelism Centre Pastor James Ng’ang’a has distanced himself from allegations that he was behind the road accident that led to the death of one person.

In an exclusive interview on Citizen TV’s Monday Special, Pastor Ng’ang’a proclaimed his innocence in the matter saying he had been unfairly victimised in the hands of the media.

The embattled preacher claimed that the red Range Rover car involved in the accident, which occurred along Naivasha-Nairobi highway, was not his adding that the burden of proof lies with the prosecutors in the case against him.

“The car that was involved in the accident is not mine. You can check with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to find out under whose name it is registered,” claimed Ng’ang’a.

The televangelist denied claims that he had been at the scene of the accident saying he only followed up on the unfolding after receiving reports that the member involved had been at his church service.

“When I left the church service in Naivasha I headed straight home and learned of the accident after people called to inform me about it at around 7:30pm,” he said.

“I followed up on the matter after I was told that the car involved in the accident belonged to a member who had been at my service.”

Ng’ang’a also denied reports that he had been at the Tigoni Police station to record a statement in connection to the accident.

“I haven’t been to Tigoni Police Station to record a statement and I challenge anyone who saw me there to come forward and prove otherwise,” he said.

Ng’ang’a said that the case against him has been forwarded to court and challenged anyone with evidence against him to come forward.

He took a swipe at journalists for what he termed as false reporting of the incident saying he had not been accorded the right of response.

“Journalists should be professional while executing their role. It is wrong to take a picture of me on my wedding day and juxtaposing it with that of a dead person,” he complained.

Kenyans on Twitter have in the past days led an online campaign with the hashtag #ArrestPastorNganga to push the police to arrest and prosecute the pastor over the accident.

On Sunday, Pastor Ng’ang’a is said to have rubbished calls to have him arrested terming them as unfounded.

He is also said to have cursed journalists linking him to the accident.

Inspector General Joseph Boinett on Monday submitted a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko recommending the prosecution of Pastor Nganga for allegedly causing death through reckless driving.

The report comes a day after the televangelist was grilled at the traffic police headquarters in Nairobi over the crash.

Tobiko is yet to issue direction on the matter.

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Story By Benjamin Wafula
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