Woman charged with stealing Sh29m from city bank
A woman was has been charged with stealing Sh 29 million from a city bank. Ms Elida Wanjiku Kigenyi denied two counts before a senior principal magistrate Ms Joyce Gandani of attempting to steal Sh 136 million from Gulf African Bank of Kenya Limited and stealing Sh29 million from the same bank January this year.
The charges against Ms Kigenyi stated that at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya she conspired to steal Sh 136 million jointly with others not before court.
And on diverse dates between January 9 and 26, 2016 at the Gulf African Bank Head Offices within Nairobi she stole Sh 29 million the property of the bank.
The accused applied to be released on a cash bail. The prosecution did not oppose the bail plea and was ordered her to deposit a cash bail of Sh 3 million or avail a surety of Sh 5 million.
At the same time, three senior officers of Kenya Commercial Bank were summoned to testify in a Sh 47 million theft case that has been pending in court for six years.
The three, Raymond Mikwa, Charles Karuga and Mr Andrew Kimani were ordered to appear in Court February 13 2017 to testify in the case.
LACK OF WITNESSES
Defence lawyers who opposed a plea to adjourn a bank theft case of Sh 47 million against Albert Komen Kipkechem, Michael Otieno Opiyo, Mohammed Abdi , Joel Thuku Kiwiri and Samuel Kirima Mwangi that has been pending in court for six years.
They stated bank witnesses have declined to appear to testify in the case.
A defence lawyer, Thomas Ruto, asked the magistrate judicial notice of the case that has been pending in court since 2010 “without being heard.”
Three other defence lawyers said their clients have been travelling from upcountry to attend the court only for it to be adjourned.
“This case is being adjourned due to lack of witnesses. It is the duty of the prosecution to avail witnesses. Six years down the line and no witnesses are being availed. Our clients are suffering,” the defence team submitted.