Televangelist James Main a Ng’ang’a has been charged with obtaining Sh 3.6 million by false pretenses.
Ng’ang’a is accused of obtaining the sum from Wickson Njoroge Mwathi by falsely pretending that he was in a position to lease to him a residential premises located in Karen, Nairobi.
The accused is alleged to have committed the offence on 6th April 2016 at his church, Neno Evangelism church office along Haille Selassie avenue in Nairobi.
He denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku. He was granted a bond of Sh 1 million and one surety of the same amount or a cash bail of Sh 500,000.
The matter will be mentioned on 24th April for pre trial and will be heard on 16th May this year.
The pastor had filed a case at the High Court seeking orders restraining the DPP and the police from arresting and prosecuting him.
The same was however dismisses and the court directed that Ng’ang’ pleads to the charges.
Njoroge is accusing the televangelist of refusing to pay him back the money he had paid to lease the house.
As per the contact singed by the two, the rent payable was Sh 450,000 per month, which Njoroge paid for several months in advance plus two months deposit.
However, it is alleged that after several days, Njoroge decided to terminate the contract but the pastor refused to pay back the money.
After being served a demand letter by the complainant’s lawyer, the accused said he would pay the money but still failed to do so.