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Court releases woman accused of defrauding KUPPET boss to ‘breast-feed baby’

A woman has been charged with defrauding Mr Maurice Akelo, the Secretary General of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, (Kuppet)  of Sh3.8 million.

At the Milimani Law Courts, Ms Eunice Nduku Musembi faced two other counts of conspiring to defraud Mr Akelo, who doubles up as the Chief Executive of Misori Japuonj Foundation, of Sh6.2million.

The second indictment against Ms Musembi was that of obtaining Sh3.8m through the pretext that she was in a position to secure external funding for the foundation linked to the Kuppet boss.

Senior Principal Magistrate Gilbert Shikwe before whom Ms Musembi was charged, heard the alleged fraud was staged between July 1 and September 9, 2023.

Defence lawyer Anita Masaki urged the magistrate to free the suspect on bond saying “she has an eight-month-old baby who is suckling.”

Ms Masaki submitted that when Ms Musembi was arrested police escorted her to her city residence where they required her to leave the young baby under the care of somebody else.

“I urge this court to free the suspect on bond to tend her eight-month-old baby who is still suckling,” Ms Masaki told the magistrate.

The defence attorney urged the court to consider the plight of the baby “who is now at the mercy of other people and free its mother on reasonable bail terms.”

The prosecution did not oppose the bail plea.

“I have no instructions to oppose the release of the suspect on bond and also urge the court to consider the plight of the suckling baby,” a state prosecutor stated.

In a brief ruling, the magistrate directed Ms Musembi to deposit a cash bail of Sh500,000 until November 6, 2023 for pre-trial directions.

Meanwhile, three traders have been charged with defrauding a city businessman of Sh2.6 million in a fake gold deal.

Kevin Mwachi Mahila, Morgan Asengi Mahila, and Mohamed Hassan Mohamed were accused of defrauding Abdi Edin Mohammed Sh2.6m while pretending they were in a position to sell him pure gold.

Mwachi, Asengi, and Hassan denied that on April 29, 2023, using fraudulent tricks they displayed and handed over a wrapped black envelope purporting it was packed with genuine gold nuggets.

Lawyer Samson Nyaberi for the complainant Abdi Edin Mohamed urged the court to deny the suspects’ bond suggesting they have been unavailable to face justice since May 2023, until they were recently arrested.

Mr Nyaberi said the suspect resides in Busia county, some 500km from Nairobi, and once freed they is a possibility they will disappear into Uganda.

But a defence lawyer opposed those sediments saying Mwachi and Asengi operate a car hire business in Nairobi while Hassan runs a shop in Eastleigh.

Mr Shikwe remanded the suspects until October 26, 2023, when he will rule on their bail application.

The three denied defrauding Edin.

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