Trial of ex-PCEA moderator David Gathanju fails to kicks off

The case in which former Presbyterian Church of Eastern Africa (PCEA) moderator David Gathanju and two others are charged with stealing Sh 50 million failed to continue Tuesday.

Gathanju who served as moderator of the church between 2009 and 2015, is charged alongside two former employees, James Muiruri and Peter Mwangi with stealing Sh 50.9 million from the church.

The three were in October 2017 charged that on diverse dates between January 2, 2016, and June 30, 2017, at PCEA headquarters in Nairobi’s South C estate, they stole Sh50.9 million from the church.

In a second count, they were accused of stealing the money that came into their possession by virtue of their employment.

They denied the charges and were released each on Sh 1 million bond.

When the matter came up for a mention at a Kiambu court, the court heard that one of the accused James Muiruri was still held up in South Sudan due to the lockdown as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.,

The prosecution therefore applied for a further mention date to enable Mr Muiruri to be present in court.

Gathanju’s lawyer John Njoroge said he was not opposed to the application for a further mention date to allow Muiruri to travel from South Sudan.

The lawyer also on behalf of his client extended a message of condolence to the family of Reverend Peter Kania who died last week due to the Covid-19.

Reverend Kania who was the complainant in the case and the outgoing Secretary General of PCEA General Assembly was buried last Thursday at Thogoto PCEA Church of the Torch premises.

Being the complainant in the case, Kania was slated to be the key witnesses in the matter. He was yet to take the witness stand.

Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo set the next mention date at September 4 when the accused person will appear again in court and agree for a new hearing date foe the matter.

Other witnesses in the case include Alfred Kanga and Amon Nderi -Deputy Secretary General and former honorary treasurer of the church’s General Assembly respectively.

Others are church accountant Jane Mwihaki and Lydia Muthoni, the manager of the Sweet lake Resort in Naivasha and Maina Kinyua the church’s auditor.Only Ms Mwihaki has already taken the witness stand.

The case has been characterized by endless adjournments since it started in 2017.

  

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