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Court remands Bishop Ngari in fraud case amid request to ‘attend Benny Hinn crusade’

A man of cloth accused of swindling over Sh50,000 from unsuspecting members of the public over a Sh1billion real estate deal gone sour will cool his heels in police custody awaiting a decision by the court on whether to free him on bond or not.

But six lawyers defending Bishop David Kariuki Ngari alias Guyo of Chosen Calvary, who was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) while enroute to Zambia read mischief in the detention plea.

The lawyers say “he is being detained so he does not attend the much publicised two-day Benny Hinn crusade at the Nyayo Stadium. The crusade is slated for February 24/25, 2024”.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has, however, exonerated the authorities from blame.

“The respondent (Bishop Ngari) was arrested following a hue and cry from members of the public who say they have lost billions of shillings,” state prosecutor Henry Kinyanjui told magistrate Geoffrey Onsarigo at the Milimani law courts.

Mr Kinyanjui told Mr Onsarigo that police got intelligence information that the bishop was about to leave the jurisdiction of the court and then tracked him down.

He confirmed the pastor was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as he was about to exit the country, casting doubt on the narrative he was to attend the crusade.

Mr Kinyanjui stated the suspect in the Sh1 billion multi-billion investment scam had got wind that he was being sought by police over the mega financial fiasco.

He was then detained upon being arrested while enroute to Zambia’s capital Lusaka for a supposed private visit.

“The suspect was escaping from justice before his moves were curtailed by police at JKIA,” added Kinyanjui.

The magistrate heard that the arrest of the suspect was not due to religious and political reasons but “because of the mega fraud”.

The court heard investigations into the supposed scam have been ongoing for five years and are “at an advanced stage”.

The court further heard that the case of “great public interest” as millions of shillings were lost.

“The DCI is investigating the suspect for offences of money laundering, obtaining through pretenses, and stealing,” Kinyanjui told the magistrate.

The prosecutor added:“ There has been a public outcry from victims and other affected persons over the funds lost and or allegedly stolen by the respondent and other companies associated with him to wit Ekeza Sacco Society Limited, Gakuyo Real Estate, and Gakuyo Investors Club.”

But lawyers Njiru Ndegwa, Danstan Omari, Shadrack Wambui, and Latifa Habib Omari pressed for the release of Bishop Ngari saying “he was not absconding”.

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