By SAM ALFAN.
Three employees of a Nairobi-based company were today arraigned in a Nairobi court to answer charges of defrauding the company over Sh 218 Million. Wilson Ndungu Kamomoe, Mohamed Nasir Khalifa and Josphat Okeo Kegengo appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Daniel Ochenja
They are accused that on diverse dates between July 22 last year and February 8 at Pembe Flour Mills factory along Lunga Lunga road within Nairobi, jointly with others not before court fraudulently conspired to defraud the company Sh 218,665,038 by false pretences.
Court was also told that the accused on the said dates at Barclays Bank, Enterprise road branch jointly with others not before court stole Sh 218,665,038 the property of Pembe Flour Mills Limited. However the accused pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Attempts by the accused’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta to have his client released on lenient bond terms became futile after the magistrate slapped the accused with a bond of Sh 10 Million and one surety each or cash bail of Sh 7 Million failure to which the three are to remain in custody.
The magistrate also summoned the auditor of Pembe Flour Mills and the investigations officer to shed light on allegations that the second accused was forced to write an affidavit against his wishes. He directed the case to be mentioned on April 30 with hearing slated for July 2.
Meanwhile a man appeared before the same court accused of conspiring to defraud a forex bureau Sh 28 million. Ezekiel Osugo Angwenyi was charged that on some unknown date in 2011 within Nairobi county, jointly with others not before court conspired by deceit to defraud Hassan Abdi Gullet and Aden Mohammed of $ 300,000 by falsely pretending that he was in a position to offer cash deposit facilities in their Ukay Centre Forex Bureau.
He however pleaded not guilty to the charges and was directed by the magistrate to deposit bond of Sh 500,000 or cash bail of Sh 300,000. Hearing of the case is set for June 4 with a mention on April 3.