Neno Evangelism preacher James Ng’ang’a has recounted how he was on demand before he finally settled on his ‘younger wife’ Mercy Murugi.
In an interview with Radio Jambo’s Massawe Japanni, the controversial pastor said he made the ‘critical decision’ to marry Mercy after the death of his first wife.
“When my first wife died, I was forced to make a very critical decision of getting married again. I married young Mercy, she is a daughter to one of my church members.”
Pastor Ng’ang’a described his wife as young, beautiful and smart, saying he faced opposition from his church members before they got married.
“By the time I knew her, she was in university, and that is one thing that attracted me to her as I did not go to school myself,” he said.
“I wouldn’t have looked for an old person whose ‘mileage’ would not last long. There were thousands of women who wanted me to marry them, hence the disagreement between me and the church. But I made my final decision and settled for her,” he added.
Ng’ang’a and Mercy got married in 2012 but barely six months later, his wife was fed with wrong information and even left the marriage for some time.
“They tried so much to fight her and even brought witchcraft to our home. I would wake up in the morning and find things thrown in our compound, but through prayers, we are good now,” he said.
Speaking about his infamous rant in a viral video whereby he warned bishops against disrespecting his wife, Ng’ang’a explained that Mercy had been calling for meetings that older members failed to attend.
“Akiitana mkutano hao pastors wakubwa wanasema hawawezi kukuja mkutano wa watoto. Ni mke mdogo lakini ni lazima apewe respect. Ni madharau.”
“As a person, I was speaking to my congregation. It started three years ago but it reached a point I had to speak out,” he said.
Ng’anga also said he wants to get seven more children with his wife. The couple has three children, with the youngest being six months old.