Pastor James Ng’ang’a church ‘clamped’ over Sh507,000 rate arrears


Neno churchThe Nairobi government took over pastor James Ng’ang’a church on Tuesday over Sh507,404 land rate arrears.

Revenue task force chairman John Ntoiti said Neno Evangelism Centre initially owed City Hall more but paid Sh200,000 last Friday.

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Ntoiti said on Tuesday that shops and restaurants within the church compound were also closed over the debt accrued in two years.

Ng’ang’a has been at the centre of controversy since last year when a member of his congregation sued him to recover Sh2 million.

He was also in the news for allegedly causing an accident in which a woman died at Manguo, Kiambu county, on July 26. He denied involvement.

Other premises that City Hall has taken over include Safari Club Annex Restaurant and the Postal Corporation of Kenya.

Annex had arrears of Sh1.4 million while Posta owes the county government Sh1.9 million.

Nakumatt Haile Selassie and the Kenyatta University Plaza, both owned by KU, were taken over for owing Sh1.05 million accrued over the same time period.

Among premises taken over last week were Prudential House on Wabera Street, Chester House, Laico Regency and Utalii House.

The Nairobi government ‘ clamped down ‘ four houses in Milimani and the CBD in March over unpaid debts in a move targeting Sh60 billion accrued in rates over many years.

The ‘clamp down’ means the owners of the buildings will not get rent from tenants until they settle their debts with City Hall.

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