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Court detains politician Elizabeth Chesang in Sh26 billion fraud case after she skipped bail

A politician accused of irregularly sub-dividing and selling an Sh26.5 billion city farm has been detained at the Lang’ata Women Prison in Nairobi.

Elizabeth Sote Chesang, a former Kabartonjo Ward Councillor, is said to have sold land owned by Joshua Kulei, a former aide to the late President Daniel arap Moi.

Milimani law courts chief magistrate Lucas Onyina, while ordering for the accused’s detention, also assured her ‘her health will be taken care off better at the prison facility than at a police station’.

Mr Onyina directed Ms Chesang who was charged with defrauding a city businessman Kiptoo arap Chepkalum over Sh6.5million be held at the Lang’ata prison until police finish the second limb of their investigations into the land fraud and her health condition.

Ms Chesang who has been out on a Sh100,000 police bond had been bonded to appear in court to face justice last year but she went into hiding.

When she was apprehended in Baringo and driven to Nairobi to stand trial she produced medical records showing she had been admitted for lengthy periods at Nakuru, Kericho and Kapsabet Hospitals.

A lawyer defending Ms Chesang urged the magistrate to free her on bond saying she has serious health challenges and ‘can only access medication freely if she can only be freed on bond’.

But state prosecutor Anderson Gikunda opposed her release on bond saying police need to unravel the mystery in those medical records from the three government hospitals.

“We need to establish the authenticity of these medical records produced by the accused who was brought to court on a warrant of arrest after skipping court for over 10 months,” Gikunda urged.

Gikunda said he will respond to the bail application after getting a report on the medical records from the government health facilities asserting she was really sick and admitted when she was being sought by police.

The magistrate allowed the prosecution’s plea and ordered the accused to remain in custody for three days as police proceed to Nakuru, Kericho and Kapsabet Hospitals to clarify whether Ms Chesang had been taken ill there.

Ms Chesang has been charged with defrauding Geoffrey Kiptoo Kiprop aka Kiptoo arap Chepkalum Sh6.5million alleging she would assist him to acquire a parcel of land measuring 89.4 hectares (224 acres) valued at over Sh26.5billion belonging to Joshua Kulei.
An acre of land at Kitsuru fetches Sh120 million, the court heard.

She had claimed she was in a position to subdivide the upmarket 224 acre farm to sell in small portions.

She was charged with forging the title of Kulei’s land claiming it was genuine having been signed by a land registrar Rosina Ndila Mule.

She was also accused of forging the signature of another land registrar ministry of land Mr Robert Gachuki Gathondu.

The alleged signature was in a title deed of 1hectare sold Kiptoo was that of Ms Chesang.

On July 28, 2021, at Corner House Nairobi, Ms Chesang is said to have presented to Kitoo a forged title deed of the 89.4 hectares owned by Kulei.

Elizabeth also denied that at the Trans-National Plaza Parking Bay she presented to Kiptoo aka Chepkalum a forged title deed in his name of 1.00 hectare valued over Sh240million.

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