Controversial pastor James Ng’ang’a has been charged with threatening to kill Citizen TV journalist Linus Kaikai.
Ng’ang’a from the Neno Evangelism Church however denied the charges and was released on Ksh.200,000 cash bail.
He had appeared before Resident Magistrate Justus Kituku at the Kiambu Law Courts on Tuesday.
According to the charge sheet, Pastor Ng’ang’a is facing two counts: 1) uttering words that constituted as threats to kill Linus Kaikai and 2) while referring to himself as the Chief General Commander, using words that indicated or implied that it was or might be desirable to bring death or physical injury to the Citizen TV journalist.
The pre-trial conference has been set for April 3, 2019.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested the suspect on Sunday night.
This is after Mr. Kaikai, who is the Director of Strategy & Innovation at Royal Media Services, filed a complaint with police over the “consequences” threat from Mr. Ng’ang’a.
In what appears to be a self-recorded video, that emerged last week, the pastor is seen dressed in military-like fatigue.
He then proceeds to describe himself a “Chief General Commander” and says there will be unexplained ‘consequences’, a statement believed to be referring to Mr. Kaikai.
“Separate preaching na hii sarakasi za news anchor, nakwambia tu kijana. I am telling you like a Chief General Commander, you have to stop that, if you don’t stop you will face the consequences…” Pastor Ng’ang’a said.
Two weeks ago, Mr. Kaikai proposed that regulation of pastors –whom he cited ‘spiritual fraudsters’ — who profit off unsuspecting Kenyans.