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The hearing of an alleged 39 million shillings theft case facing former Presbyterian Church of East Africa moderator David Gathanju will now kick off in March.

The case that started in October 2017 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 of 39 million shillings at the Church’s head office in Nairibi’s south C estate between January 2016 and June 2017.

The accused are also facing another count of conspiring to commit a felony during the same period.

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During the mention of the case, prosecution counsel Christine Mbevi said they were yet to receive instructions concerning the matter from the director of public prosecutions.

The defense however have agreed to have the hearing of the case kick off on March 26,27 and 28 with Senior principal magistrate Stella Atambo urging the prosecution to ensure the case proceeds as planned.

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Attempts to have an out of court settlement flopped last year after respondents declined the move by the complainant – Rev Peter Kania who is the current secretary general of the PCEA General assembly – saying they want to clear their names through a court process. The three are currently out on bond.

 

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