Company directors linked to sh 51 million Kilifi graft released on bond

Company directors linked to sh 51 million Kilifi graft released on bond

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Mr Stephen Mutua Ngunzi (left) Ms Sarah Wangui Kamau (centre) and Ms Lucy Wanjugu Kibogo ( right) appeared before a Kilifi court on Monday to answer charges of committing felony and handling stolen goods. PHOTO: GRACE MITHAMO.

Kilfi, KENYA: Three company directors linked to the alleged Sh.51 million loss of funds from Kilifi Government were on Monday charged with conspiracy to commit felony and handling stolen goods.

The three Ms Lucy Wanjugu Kibogo, Ms Sarah Wangui Kamau and Mr Stephen Mutua Ngunzi were arrested in Nairobi, before being transferred to Kilifi where they denied the charges they allegedly committed between October 3 and 7, 2016 while still in Nairobi.

The fourth company director Mr Samuel Buku Macharia’s lawyer Shem Oduor, said the accused could not attend court since he was receiving treatment at St Francis hospital in Nairobi.

Kilifi Senior Resident Magistrate Leah Wasige heard that Ms Kibogo conspired with others not in court to steal Sh9, 230, 645 at CBK, County Treasury belonging to Kilifi County Government, fraudulently deposited into Zohali Services Ltd account (her account).

On the other hand, Ms Kamau was charged with dishonestly receiving Sh.11, 331, 140 fraudulently deposited into Daima One Enterprise account, Equity Bank Ngara Branch, belonging to Kilifi County Government.

Mr Ngunzi was charged with two offences of conspiracy to commit a crime and handling stolen money belonging to the county government of Kilifi.

The court also heard that Mr Nguzi conspired with others not present before the court, to Steal Sh.6,700,952 belonging to Kilifi County at Consolidated Bank, Umoja Branch in Nairobi, which was fraudulently deposited into Kilingi Investment Company Ltd account.

Efforts by defense lawyer Shem Oduor to have the case transferred to Nairobi was opposed by Prosecuting Counsels Mr Henry Achochi and his counterpart Ms Njoki Keng’aara, who asked he court to issue a warrant of arrest for the Mr. Macharia; who did not appear in court.

While making her ruling, the magistrate ordered the fourth accused person; Mr Macharia, to be present on Wednesday 7th when the case will be mentioned and produce a letter  to prove that he was on a four days sick leave.

The accused were released on Sh.5 million Bond with surety of similar amount or cash bail of Sh.1 million, with the hearing date set on February 24, 2017.

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