MPs Give Way Forward on Pastor Ng’ang’a’s Neno Evangelism Church

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MPs Give Way Forward on Pastor Ng’ang’a’s Neno Evangelism Church

Neno Evangelism Pastor James Maina Ng’ang’a provided an explanation on Thursday, March 14, regarding the process via which he obtained the disputed parcel of land in Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD), which has been under investigation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

During his testimony before the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Lands, Ng’ang’a provided a comprehensive account of how he spent more than Ksh42 million to purchase the land that was being sold by the government in 2004.

The Neno Evangelism Centre is situated at the junction of Haile Selassie Avenue and Uhuru Highway.

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The EACC recently initiated legal proceedings to regain ownership of the land, as they believe it was originally owned by the Kenya Railways Corporation.

During the committee proceedings, pastor Ng’ang’a asserted that he possessed the requisite documentation to substantiate the transactions, although he was unable to present any evidence to the Members of Parliament.

The Committee issued a response, instructing the pastor to present all the necessary documentation demonstrating ownership of the contested land within a period of 14 days.

During his defence, the pastor asserted that he bought the land from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) after obtaining a loan from a local bank.

“I approached the Central Bank and the people involved in the transactions quoted a retail price of Ksh32 million. I was supposed to pay 10 per cent and the rest within 90 days. I went to a local bank which helped me pay the amount in the form of a loan,” he stated.

“Later, I found the said plot of land put up for sale at Kenya Gazette. We applied again and they insisted I pay Ksh42 million. We signed the agreement and the bank paid the amount. I began paying off the debt and completed it in 2008. We signed an agreement and I was given the title ‘Neno Evangelism Centre.’

In 2020, the pastor observed that Kenya Railways composed a letter with the intention of regaining ownership of the land. He informed the panel that he had acquired the land from CBK through a legitimate transaction.

“After that, I was also summoned by former Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and former Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) boss General Mohamed Badi who sought to know whether I had acquired the land legally.

“I provided them with the supporting documents and they pointed out that they lacked the information in their records.”

In addition, he alleged that unidentified individuals within the Kenya Kwanza administration were meddling with his ministry, pointing out malicious intent in the investigations conducted by EACC.

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MPs Give Way Forward on Pastor Ng’ang’a’s Neno Evangelism Church

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