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Safaricom manager charged with stealing phones worth Sh69m in Westlands

A manager at Safaricom has been charged with stealing mobile telephones valued at over Sh69.5 million.

Mr Stanley Opiyo Mjomba appeared before a senior principal magistrate Ms Charity Oluoch on Tuesday where he was accused of stealing of 814 assorted mobile telephones valued at Sh69,510,569.

Mr Mjomba, a former account relationship manager at Safaricom Centre in Westlands,  allegedly stole the phones  on diverse dates between April 12 and December 23, 2016.

Lawyer Samuel Ogutu for Mr Mjomba applied for his release on bond saying he was not a “ flight risk.”

“The accused is a father of two, the youngest being one and half months old and the other is 2-years-old. He is not a flight risk and will not interfere with witnesses,” argued Mr Ogutu.

The lawyer also informed the magistrate that the accused had been out on a police cash bail of Sh100,000

A state prosecutor Ms Celestine Oluoch did not oppose the bail plea.

“ I have no instructions to oppose the accused being admitted to bond,” said Ms Oluoch.

The magistrate directed the accused to deposit a cash bail of Sh1 million until April 29 when the case will be heard.

The court also ordered the prosecution to furnish the accused with all the statements recorded from intended witnesses to prepare his defence.

Ms Oluoch directed the case be mentioned within a fortnight.