There was drama on Wednesday evening during a requiem for five children who died in a septic tank accident at Mwihoko village of Ruiru in Kiambu County when controversial bishop David Kariuki Ngari alias Gakuyo clashed in public with nominated senator Isaac Mwaura.
Trouble started when Gakuyo, the Ekeza Sacco founder told the public that he had paid Sh1 billion in land to members who lost their money after he allegedly duped them to contribute as property investments.
Over Sh2.5 billion was allegedly misappropriated under the chairmanship of the controversial preacher Gakuyo.
When he rose to address the mourners, the tycoon blamed bad Kiambu politics for his troubles saying that he had not stolen even a cent from the supposed members.
In his seemingly amusing statement, Gakuyo who has recently been a staunch supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta insisted that he has never even sired a child outside wedlock.
He said that he gave out Sh 1 billion worth of land to Ekeza Sacco members to protect his ‘good’ name and had even grown thinner in the process.
“I have never even sired a child outside my marriage, leave alone stealing a coin from investors. I have grown thinner because of giving out all I had to try and protect my reputation,” Gakuyo told mourners.
Angered by Gakuyo for what he termed as sustained social media attacks and fraudulently stealing from poor investors, Mwaura hit out at him asking him to return what belongs to the public.
Mwaura castigated Gakuyo for camouflaging, alongside corrupt governors from Mount Kenya region to support President Uhuru while they were trying to cover their deceitfulness.
In his statement, Mwaura said that ‘fraudulent persons such as Gakuyo’ should be rotting in jail for hoodwinking and stealing from poor citizens calling on the public to deny them elective posts.
“You cannot steal from the public and later come tell them to vote you in. I urge you to ignore these corrupt people,” said Mwaura.
Adamant Mwaura said his stand to support Deputy President William Ruto was informed by the Head of State’s decree to lead the nation for two terms and leave his deputy serve for two more terms.
“The President nominated me to be telling him the truth and not lie to him like a section of leaders are doing,” he added.
When he stood to address the mourners, Kiambu Governor James Nyoro who had also attended the mass warned leaders in the county against squaring out their differences in churches and funerals.
He urged leaders to exercise restraint while engaging in political spats and be keen on observing the mood of any event.
“I feel sad and hurt that leaders can bring their differences in an event such as this. These are five families that are grieving for loss of their children. This is not the perfect place for political exchanges and I urge you leaders to, going forward, exercise restraint,” said Nyoro.
- Trouble started when Gakuyo, the Ekeza Sacco founder told the public that he had paid Sh1 billion in form of land to members who lost their money that he allegedly duped them to contribute as property investments.