Controversy surrounding televangelist James Ng’ang’a seems to be far from over after male members of his church threatened to sue him for ridiculing their manhood.
Recently, videos and clips of his rather unconventional and unsettling sermons have been circulating on social media leaving all and sundry perplexed.
Last week, the Neno Evangelism Ministries pastor was at it again, making demeaning statements directed at the male congregation.
This prompted angry reactions from a section of the faithful who have since vowed to press charges against him.
In a demand letter that has since gone viral on social media, the faithful have threatened to sue Ng’ang’a for insinuating that their phallus were smaller than average.
Through Otieno & Amisi Advocates Company, the distraught men are demanding an apology from the pastor failure to which they will go to court to cite him for slander.
“You used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or whereby a breach of peace would have been occasioned and more particularly by using signs and language demeaning and/or derogatory of our clients sexual organs,” read the letter in part.
“By equating the said organs to the index finger and/or referring to them as “kakitu” and “tuvitu” (which are well known Swahili adjectives, albeit colloquial, often employed to describe items smaller than an average-sized item of the same class).”
Not new to controversy
Ng’ang’a is also accused of threatening to use undisclosed means to stop some men of his church from having sex with their spouses, some of who were present during the service last weekend.
He also vowed to castrate some unidentified members of his church.
“Mniandike sana kwa hiyo gazetti, mniandike sana…Wanaume wale mtanichezea nitafunga hiyo kitu yako, utakuwa unaona mke wako na macho, ng’ombe wewe! Mnichezee mtaona, nitafunga hizo vitu zenyu, mtakuwa mkikaa mkiona kwa macho na mate.” (Keep writing about me in the newspapers…keep writing…men who will joke around with me, I will tie your manhood, you will just be looking at your wives… you cows. Keep playing with me and you’ll see…)” he said.
But Ng’ang’a is not new to controversy.
In July 2015, the pastor hit headlines over a controversial road accident at Manguo area in Limuru, that left a woman dead, and her husband seriously injured.
The televangelist came under fire after he denied involvement in the fatal accident despite investigations implicating him in the crash.
The Director of Public Prosecutions directed that Ng’ang’a be charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to report an accident, giving false information to a public officer and conspiracy to defeat justice.
He was arraigned in court and released on a Sh500,000 cash bail or Sh1 million bond with a surety of a similar amount.
In November the same year, he was involved in a minor road accident with a matatu at Gitaru, in Kikuyu.
On the offensive
Following the incident, the cleric has gone on an offensive against his church members, hurling all manner of insults and expletives at them.
In May this year, he accused his bishops of preying on his wife and women for disrespecting him in his “lubbish” (rubbish) tirade that went viral.
“If you are not going to respect my wife I will kick you out of my ministry… it doesn’t matter who you are. This time I will show you my power. If you don’t respect her, leave my church and go start your own wajinga hawa (fools),” he said then.