A man accused of impersonating President Uhuru Kenyatta’s personal assistant at CID headquarters in a bid to defraud a company property worth over Sh300 million was Monday ordered by a court to deposit Sh3 million to secure his freedom.
David Jomo Muigai alias Jomo Kenyatta Muigai, who was charged alongside Anthony Ngatia and David Githinji, denied nine counts of conspiring to defraud Pafco Ltd of 2.5 acres of land at Spring Valley, Nairobi. The three were also ordered by Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Enock Cherono to either deposit Sh3 million or execute a Sh10 million bond and one surety each.
The magistrate directed the case to be heard on April 13, after the prosecutor told the court three witnesses had been lined up to testify in the case once trial begins.
The suspect’s lawyer Ndegwa Njiru pleaded with the court to grant bail to the three after the prosecution said it was not opposed to bail. He argued that his clients were not a flight risk and were willing to abide by conditions imposed by the court.
“Guided by the accused persons’ antecedents that they live within the jurisdiction of this court, they are not a flight risk, I therefore urge the court to release them on lenient bond terms which the accused can be able to afford,” Njiru argued.
The defence lawyer also asked to be supplied with all documentary evidence and exhibits that the prosecution intends to use for trial.
According to the charge sheet, Muigai was accused that on February 5 at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters, he presented himself to Nicholas Etyang, a police officer, as being employed in the civil service as the personal assistant to the President.
The court heard the said information by the accused was intended to influence the said police officer to discontinue investigations touching on the land in question.
Muigai, Ngatia and Githinji were jointly accused that on August 7 last year they conspired to defraud Pafco limited the land worth Sh338 million by falsely pretending that they had purchased company shares from Ezekiel Onwere and Joanna Nwaeke, directors of the said company.
The court also heard the three on August 8, last year, allegedly forged minutes of a meeting purporting them to be valid minutes of a meeting signed by one of the said directors.