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January 17, 2019

Even A Man Of God Is Not Above The Law

One of the major news items this month has been that of a high-flying evangelical pastor who allegedly caused an accident in which one person was killed and another critically injured. Witnesses claim the pastor was dangerously driving a state-of-the-art Range Rover that apparently hit the smaller saloon car head-on at Manguo in Limuru.

Despite the aspersions cast on the condition of the driver of the bigger car and the fact that the vehicle did not have a valid insurance cover certificate, we are told the pastor spent the better part of the day securing his car from Tigoni Police station.

Given this was a fatal accident and the vehicle was allegedly uninsured, it beats logic that the Range Rover was released, whether to the pastor or any other person. When and how was the vehicle inspected for roadworthiness? By who? If by the vehicle inspection unit personnel, how did the Tigoni police get the inspectors to the scene that fast?

The story goes that on causing the accident, the ‘man of God’, boarded another luxury car and left the scene without helping those he had caused misery to, only to resurface later to claim his wreckage. On release, the wreckage was ‘given a ride’ to a garage in the city, where the media trailed it to.

Anybody who has been involved in a road accident will tell you how difficult it is to get motor vehicle inspectors to look at your car at a police station before it is released. The inspection crew units can be very scarce, if not elusive. Even getting the police to summon them is no mean task. That notwithstanding, the pastor (if that is who was driving the culprit car), should have been behind bars and not working towards the release of his car.

Although multiple witnesses placed the pastor as the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident, the following day police, in a reckless cover-up, appeared to clear the pastor of any wrongdoing. Witnesses, including the drivers he had zoomed past, seemed to positively identify him. Whether it was the pastor or someone else driving the car, if one or more people had claimed the pastor had been the man on the wheel, why the hurry to absolve him? Why did it take a special investigative team to have Pastor Ng’ang’a charged?

Witnesses say the man behind the wheel of the Range Rover was driving and overtaking dangerously in a manner to suggest that he may not have been quite sober, but this did not seem to matter as far as the traffic cops in Tigoni were concerned. Why was the Tigoni traffic commandant not available for comment to the media after the accident? Why did the Inspector General of Police try to absolve him prematurely, only to later order comprehensive investigations? Why was someone else taken to court before these investigations were over, whether he pleaded to the plea or not? Where was the man of God all this time?

We keep hearing about everyone being equal in law, but what we see in practice suggest that some animals are more equal than others. These so-called men of God, some of who are visibly ungodly, have cheated many Kenyans of their hard-earned and meagre take-homes to feed their insatiable appetites for the good earthly life. The pastors, most of whom look down on their ‘foolish’ congregations from whom they steal ‘seeds’ that are grown in their (pastors’) gardens, order their suits and dresses from London, New York and Paris even as those they rip-off rummage through grimy 50 bob mitumba at flea markets in Kibera and other slums.

That the driver of this car took a life at its prime, leaving children without a mother and a man without a wife, did not appear to touch the man of God who went ahead to declare it was just an accident in which case the insurance company could take responsibility. But if the sticker was anything to go by, the car’s insurance had expired. Now that the Director of Public Prosecutions has called for the prosecution of Ng’ang’a, I hope he will sing a more friendly song and hopefully those who preach that sinners will without fail pay for their sins, will also pay for their misdeeds. May the law take its course and may justice be done to the family of the woman who died at Manguo.



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