Bishop Ocholla’s daughter charged alongside husband with forgery


The late Bishop James Ocholla’s daughter has been charged alongside her husband with several counts of offences before Makadara Law Courts.

Christine Anyango Ocholla and Edward Opiko Otieno are accused of conspiracy to defraud by making minutes dated 7th June 2015 for resolution to borrow and obtain Sh 3 million Jitegemea Credit Scheme for church renovation purporting them to be made by Glad Tidings Crusade trustees.

The two are also charged with forging the said minutes on 7th June 2015 purporting them to be signed by Esther Mueni Mutinda, a trustee of Glad Tidings.

The couple is further accused uttering the forged minutes to Faith Zawadi Kingi at Jitegemea credit scheme in Embakasi West within Nairobi County with intent to defraud.

Glad Tidings Crusade and the trustees are in a court battle over the land on which the church is built in Buruburu with businessman Patrick Nderitu’ company, Landmark Properties Limited.

Anyango and her husband are also charged with forging minutes of account opening purporting them to be made by Glad Tidings Crusade.

Further, the accused persons are charged with making minutes on 8th June for resolution to account opening with Jitegemea purporting it be genuine signed by Mueni.

They pleaded not guilty before Chief Magistrate Eston Nyaga and were released on a cash bail of Sh 50,000.
The case will be mentioned on 8th July.

The two were presented in court just days after the court ruled that the consent they used to sell the land that houses Glad Tidings Crusade church and a school was unlawful.

Ocholla’s widow Mary Ocholla had accused Anyango of conspiring with her husband to sell the land without consulting the family and the trustees of the estate.

In her ruling, SRM Elizabeth Wanjala stated that the alleged transfer of the property by the couple to Landmark International Properties Limited was based on the impugned consent and was therefore unlawful since no rates clearance certificate was obtained from Nairobi County Government.