Trial of former PCEA moderator David Gathanju kicks off

The trial of former moderator of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa David Gathanju over alleged theft has kicked off in a Kiambu Court.

In the case, Gathangu and two others are accused of irregularly transferring 40 million shillings from the church to their accounts, a charge they have vehemently denied.

Gathangu and two other church employees are accused of transferring millions from the church account illegally on various dates in 2016 and 2017.

The case that is being heard in Kiambu has seen a number of church officials enlist as key witnesses.

the church’s lawyer Jane Mwihaki told Kiambu Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo how Gathanju and his co-accused James Muiruri Njane and Peter Kamuthi transferred millions of church funds from its account to another without approval.

She accused of church employees standing trial of authorizing the transfer of the said money from the operations account.

In October 2017, the three were charged with stealing Sh 50.9 million from the church account even as the court was told how the three in February and March 2017 transferred another 4.5 million shillings from a rent account to disaster account.

The case had stalled following consistent adjournments by the prosecution citing lack of directions by the director of public prosecution.

Reverend Gathanju who served as PCEA moderator between 2009-2015 and former church employees Peter Mwangi and James Miuru are accused of defrauding the church at the Church’s head office in Nairobi’s south C estate between January 2016 and June 2017.

  

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