State to appeal acquittal of Pastor James Ng’ang’a on charges of causing death

Neno evangelism pastor James Ngang'a PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:Interior Cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’I has urged the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal a case in which Neno Evangelism pastor James Nganga was acquitted of causing death through dangerous driving.

The pastor was acquitted by senior magistrate Godferry Odour of the Limuru law courts, in Kiambu county on Friday alongside the said driver of the rangerover Simon Kuria and police officers Christopher Nzioka and Patrick Baya.

In a letter written to the director of public prosecution Nordin Haji and copied to the police inspector general Joseph Boinnet, Matiangi has ordered a fresh probe and ordered action to be taken against persons who will be found guilty of improperly investigating the case.

The range rover involved in the road accident PHOTO COURTESY

“With a view to guide the Judicial Service Commission, the Inspector General, the Director of Public Prosecution and I on suitable corrective and deterrent action to take against persons found culpable for improper handling of this case.” reads the letter.

Matiangi further urges the DPP to appeal the case saying that that overwhelming evidence had been brought against the pastor.

“The Ministry notes with surprise the acquittal handed down in the above case where we believe a brazen crime was committed by the accused person..While seeking a report on the investigatory and trial processes that may have caused this outcome, I urge you to appeal this judgment in its entirety and pursue justice for the victims herein and the people of Kenya.” Reads another part of the letter.

Pastor James had been accused of crashing his red Range rover into a Nissan march vehicle while driving on the wrong side of the road in August 2015 causing the death of Mercy Njeri in Kinungi area of the Nairobi Naivasha highway.

However pastor James Ngang’a denied the charges.

The ruling has since caused public outrage with Kenyans online expressing dissatisfaction with a hashtag