NENO Evangelism Centre televangelist James Ng’ang’a accused of threatening to kill Citizen TV journalist Linus Kaikai has eaten humble pie and begged the journalist for forgiveness in court.
Chief magistrate Patricia Gichohi, however, acquitted Ng’ang’a after Kaikai confirmed to the court that he and Ng’ang’a’s lawyer Charles Ongoto have discussed and agreed that pastor Ng’ang’a to apologise to him and make an undertaking to desist from such behaviour.
Kaikai is a director of strategy and innovation at Royal Media Services, which owns Citizen TV.
The settlement of the matter was reached after lawyer Ongoto immediately intervened and asked the court to be given about ten minutes to have a discussion with Kaikai since it was difficult for him to start cross-examining him.
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Ongoto informed the court that Kaikai is long friend and he is unable to cross-examine.
The magistrate granted the parties ten minutes to discuss.
When they returned back to court, Kaikai confirmed that they have discussed and agreed to withdraw the criminal case he lodged against the pastor on condition that he apologises and assures the court that he will not repeat the offence again.
Kaikai told the court that he had also consulted and agreed with his MD at his work place together with his lawyer to have the matter settled.
The prosecution led by senior state counsel Christine Mbevi also confirmed the settlement between the parties, and informed the court that prosecution has no objection to the agreement.
Pastor Ng’ang’a was also discharged of another count of incitement to violence and disobedience of law. He was out of cash bail of Sh 200,000 which the court ordered to be released back to him.
Ng’ang’a had been charged that on or about March 102019 in Nairobi he uttered the words “Wewe kijana wachana na mambo zako, na kama umeingia laini ya Ng’ang’a, my friend you will face the consequences. I can’t hide you but you can hide me.” The words allegedly constituted a threat to Kaikai’s life.
The prosecution said the words implied the pastor’s desire to bring death or physical injury to the director of strategy and innovation at Royal Media Services, which owns Citizen TV.
The pastor was arrested for questioning at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Kiambu Road.
Kaikai who gave his testimony before they settle the case, informed the court that in his News Gang he never mention names of anybody.
He said he only talked about some religious leaders who exploit their flock in the name of God
The journalist told the court that later Ng’ang’a released a sensational video clip on social media against the journalist for criticising rogue preachers.
Kaikai informed the court he called for regulation of the religious sector and a requirement that clerics be well educated without naming anyone.