Ekeza Sacco’s Pastor Gakuyo to remain in custody until Monday


Ekeza Sacco founder and Televangelist David Kariuki Ngare alias Gakuyo will remain in custody until Monday 26th when he will be arraigned again in court for further directions in his Sh 1 billion fraud case.

On Friday 23rd, Senior Resident Magistrate Geoffrey Onsarigo directed Gakuyo to be detained at Muthaiga Police Station for one day.

However, there was confusion in court over what was to happen after the lapse of the 24 hours since he could not be produced in court on a Saturday.

Gakuyo’s lead counsel Ndegwa Njiru asked the Magistrate to clarify what would happen to his client when the 24 hours which were supposed to end at midnight on 24th lapsed.

The defense and the prosecution differed on the interpretation of the ruling making the magistrate to break in order to clarify the same.

After about 25 minutes, the magistrate came back and read out his ruling again.

This time, the magistrate said the constitution excludes Saturdays and Sundays, therefore, the televangelist would be presented before the plea court on Monday 26th.

Gakuyo is accused of embezzling Sh 1 billion from members of his Ekeza Sacco.

The police arrested him at the JKIA while waiting to board a flight to Zambia.

They produced him in court on Thursday 22nd seeking to have him detained for four days to complete investigations.

According to the police, if released, the televangelist could abscond the jurisdiction of the court and interfere with witnesses.

However, his lawyers argued that the DCI have been investigating the matter for the last five years and their client has always been available to investigators during the period.

Ndegwa questioned what investigations the police were seeking to complete in four days that they had not completed in the five years they have been investigating him.