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Drama as Lesedi Developers boss re-arrested after leaving Thika court

By Hilary Kimuyu October 25th, 2023 2 min read

There was drama at the Thika Magistrate’s Court on October 25, 2023, when police officers arrested a Thika property firm boss moments after he left the courtroom.

Geoffrey Kahungi Kiragu, the founder of Lesedi Developers Limited, was grabbed, handcuffed, and whisked away by the detectives as he emerged from the courtroom after a mention of a matter in which he is facing 12 counts of defrauding land buyers of Sh5.47 million.

Kiragu is currently facing 12 charges of defrauding Kenyans by selling them land without handing over the necessary documents.

According to the charge sheet presented in court, Kiragu is accused of using his position as Chief Executive  (CEO)to defraud and collect money from land buyers with no intention of actually handing over the land.

However, the CEO, who is represented by lawyer John Khaminwa, denied all allegations made against him in previous court cases.

Reports on where Kiragu was taken remains unclear, although his close associates revealed he was taken to Nairobi’s Central Police Station before being transferred to Kangema County in Murang’a.

His arrest is believed to be linked to alleged fake land deals in which he is accused of defrauding land buyers of millions of shillings.

Kiragu is currently free on Sh5 million bail with a surety in the same amount.

Thika Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo also gave Kiragu the option of paying a cash bail of Sh5 million.

In September, Kiragu, was arraigned at the Thika Law Courts and charged with 12 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses where he denied all the charges.

According to the charge sheet, Kiragu was charged that on diverse dates in 2022, while trading as Lesedi Developers Limited and with intent to defraud, he obtained monies from various individuals by pretending he was in a position to sell them parcels of land.

Over 100 land buyers flocked to Thika law courts to have a glimpse of a man who has been on the run after allegedly defrauding his clients millions of shillings by selling them parcels of land without proper documents.

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