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State to appeal preacher Ng’ang’a’s acquittal – Matiang’i

The government plans to appeal a court decision that acquitted preacher James Ng’ang’a of charges of killing a woman through dangerous driving.

Chief Magistrate Godfrey Oduor had on Monday acquitted the flamboyant preacher due to inconsistencies on the testimonies of key prosecution witnesses.

On Tuesday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced that the Director of Public Prosecution will appeal the verdict.

Dr Matiang’i made the announcement during a meeting with civil Society, security officials and other stakeholders at Kenya School of Government.

Kenyans online were angered by the decision to acquit  preacher Ng’ang’a.

The televangelist was charged three years ago with dangerous driving after his car crashed head-on into a Nissan March on July 26, 2015 at Manguo area in Limuru, killing Ms Mercy Njeri, who was a passenger in the Nissan.

Witnesses claimed Pastor Ng’ang’a was driving the Range Rover, but with the support of traffic police officers who attended the scene, he denied the reports.

The magistrate, in his verdict, explained that witnesses had failed to prove that the preacher was driving the Range Rover when the crash happened.