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How Mombasa ‘fake lawyer’ represented Chinese invested in court

A man has been charged with impersonating a lawyer and appearing before a Mombasa court to defend unsuspecting Chinese investors.

Mr Ralph Edward Nzwii Nguma who was charged before Milimani law court senior principal magistrate Mr Gilbert Shikwe denied three counts of forgery and impersonating.

Mr Nguma was accused of representing one Liu Dong Sheng in a Miscellaneous Application No 362 of 2018.

In the case China New Era had sued Ocean View Residency Limited and Whintto Architects (K) Limited before the Deputy Registrar of the High Court.

Mr Shikwe heard that the alleged office took place within the Mombasa High Court on October 24, 2018.

Mr Nguma who has been remanded for three days at Muthaiga Police Station for a pre-bail report was accused of signing a release agreement to quit as special administrators in the Estate of Yongi Family.

The prosecution claims the purpoted documents were genuine having signed by the lawfirm of Arwa & Change Advocates, thus releasing themselves as the special administrators of the Estate Yongi Family.

Mr Nguma allegedly signed the documents on account of the lawfirm on February 24, 2022, at an unknown place within the Country.

The second indictment was that on April 28,2022, at the Milimani High Court, Commercial Division, he knowingly and fraudulently presented the said forged release document claiming it to be genuine as it had been duly prepared and signed by Arwa& Change Advocates.

Mr Nguma applied to be freed on bond saying he has never held out himself as an advocate and that he was being framed.

“Your honor I am innocent. I am just being framed. Grant me reasonable bond as I am person of meagre means,” Mr Nguma urged.

The prosecution did not oppose his release on bond.

Instead of releasing him on bond, the magistrate called for his pre-bail report.

“You will be remanded at Muthaiga Police Station where probation officers will interview you then file a report before your bail plea can be determined,” Mr Shikwe ruled.

The case will be mentioned on October 30,2023, for further directions.

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