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Pastor in court for conning gospel artiste

A pastor was Monday charged with obtaining Sh 600, 000 by false pretences from gospel musician Justus Myelo promising him a parcel of land in Githunguri-Utawala Nairobi.

Pastor Fredrick Nzioka Munyao, 40, of Sanctuary of Love Church is accused of receiving the cash on diverse dates between between October 2018 and February 2019 by falsely pretending he was in a position to sell Myelo the plot.

Munyao denied the charges before Makadara Law Courts Chief Magistrate Heston Nyaga.

Munyao told investigators that Myelo transferred the cash to his bank account after they agreed on Sh 1 million for the property and later failed to complete payment and allegedly cut off communication with him until much later after he had rescinded the decision to sell the land.

The dispute between the two friends started after Myelo transferred the money to Munyao’s bank account at Equity Bank and failed to send the remaining Sh 400, 000.

Munyao said he tried calling Myelo who claimed to be in Mombasa shooting a music video.

The pastor later told Myelo that he was no longer selling the plot as he had donated it to the church.

The accused was freed on a cash bail of Sh 200, 000. Hearing of the case starts on April 23, 2020.