Pastor Ng’ang’a arrested, his lawyers in court to block trial
Pastor James Ng’ang’a of Neno Evangelism Centre has been arrested by the police over a car accident on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway on July 26 that claimed the life of one person.
Pastor Ng’anga was arrested at Serena hotel by Flying Squad officers and taken to traffic headquarters with escort cars in tow.
He was later detained at Gigiri police station.
His family spent a better part of the day at Traffic headquarters negotiating for his release on bail.
Before his arrest, the preacher had on Wednesday morning asked the High Court in Nairobi to block his prosecution.
The court allowed his lawyers, Mr Cliff Ombeta and Mr Assa Nyakundi, to file the petition and serve the Director of Public Prosecutions and the the Inspector-General of police.
Pastor Ng’ang’a arrest comes after Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said on Tuesday that the pastor will will be charged with causing death through dangerous driving, failing to report an accident, conspiracy to defeat justice and giving false information to police.
The pastor is accused of causing the death of Ms Mercy Njeri on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway in Limuru Constituency, Kiambu County, on July 26.
The woman died after her car, a Nissan March, collided with a Range Rover that has been linked to Pastor Ng’ang’a.
Four other suspects, including two police officers who handled the case at Tigoni Police Station, will face conspiracy-to-defeat-justice charges, Mr Tobiko said.
They are Mr Simon Kuria, Mr James Maina Ng’ang’a and police inspectors Christopher Nzioka and Patrick Baya.
Mr Kuria will face an additional charge of giving false information to police.
The two police officers, Inspector Nzioka and and Inspector Baya, have also been accused of neglecting their official duty by mishandling Pastor Ng’ang’a’s case.
The officers have been accused of a cover-up.