Former Embakasi East MP aspirant denies Sh300m fraud
A former Embakasi East parliamentary aspirant on Wednesday denied obtaining money by false pretenses and was released on a cash bail of Sh5 million.
The politician-cum-businessman was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly defrauding an Eritrean national of Sh300 million between April and November 2016.
The MP candidate in the 2017 general election was charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, uttering false documents and money laundering.
Complainant Haile Menkerios claimed the accused had allegedly promised to help him secure a tender at the Department of Defence (DoD) headquarters for the supply of foodstuff.
The accused reportedly issued the foreigner with a Local Purchase Order (LPO) to supply sugar, maize, rice and beans to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).
The accused, through his company, together with other proxy companies reportedly then obtained a total of Sh300 million from the complainant.
The other companies involved in the case have been identified as Wina Trading Ltd, New Research Path Company, Hammond Agencies and Sembel Trading.
The money was reportedly wired to the companies’ bank accounts on diverse dates between April 29 and November 3, 2016 by Menkerios.
Two of the suspected accomplices identified as Francis Mwaura Githienya and Hussein Osman Said remain at large.