Did truck driver stealing fuel, and replace it with human waste?
A fuel tanker driver who allegedly offloaded 10, 000 litres of fuel valued at Sh1.2 million to a black market dealer in Nairobi was charged with stealing by a servant contrary to section 268 (1) of the penal code.
Katheka Munywoki is accused of stealing the fuel belonging to A.O Abayusuf and Sons Limited which came to his possession by virtue of his employment on February 20th this year.
Mr. Munywoki had left Mombasa with 30, 000 litres of fuel in an oil tanker to deliver the fuel at a petrol station in Nairobi. The fuel was parked in three compartments of 10, 000 litres each.
He allegedly sold oil in one of the compartments and replaced it with sewage before proceeding to the petrol station along Mombasa road where he was to deliver the fuel.
While offloading the oil, the petrol station management discovered that one of the compartments had a different substance and confirmed that it was not oil.
Mr. Munywoki excused himself and allegedly took off before switching off his mobile phone.
Officials contacted Mr. Munywoki’s employer and informed them of the incident.
The company’s senior employee took over the matter and reported it at the Embakasi police station, and took the truck back to Mombasa.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) traced the accused person to Mwingi West in Kitui County where he was arrested.
He took the detectives to the place he sold the fuel but the fuel was not recovered. The suspects who bought the fuel from him were not found at the yard.
Mr. Munywoki denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Eric Mutunga of Makadara Law Courts.
He was released on a bond of Sh300, 000 with a surety of a similar amount.
The case will be mentioned on April 5, 2023, before hearing starts on July 20th.