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Ex-Lamu Senator Annuar Loitiptip charged with fraud

Former Lamu Senator Annuar Loitiptip has been charged before a Nairobi court with a Sh6 million motor vehicle fraud.

Mr Loitiptip was arraigned before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Gilbert Shikwe and denied three counts.

In the first count, Anwar was accused that on August 3, 2022, at an unknown place within the country, without lawful authority or excuse made a motor vehicle registration certificate purporting it to be a genuine certificate issued by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

He faced another count of fraudulently uttering to Samson Malonza a forged motor vehicle certificate for motor vehicle registration number KDA 005C.

The court heard that Loitiptip also fraudulently obtained from Samson Malonza a total sum of Sh6 million by falsely pretending he was in a position to sell to him a Land Cruiser V8, a fact he knew to be false.

He is alleged to have committed the offence on August 3, 2022, at the Kileleshwa area, in Nairobi.

He denied the charges and applied to be freed on reasonable bond terms saying “this was a genuine transaction as l was raising money for my campaign”.

The politician told the court he lost the election and “now is in dire need of money.”

Urging the court to be lenient while considering bail terms the former Senator said he has a medical condition and “he is almost bankrupt ”

“I plead with you your honor to consider granting lenient bail terms. I lost the elections and am now in dire need of money. l opted to sell my vehicle worth Sh12m but sold it at a throw away price of Sh6m,” he said.

State prosecutor Ms Judy Koech did not oppose the bail plea.

Mr Shikwe freed him on a cash bail of Sh700,000 with an alternative bond of Sh1m.

The case will be mentioned on November 30, 2023, for pre-trial directions.

Mr Annuar was brought to court on a warrant of arrest.

The warrant had been issued by magistrate Dolphine Ogola

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