Businessman Kirimi Koome’s pre trial set for November


The court has ruled that the pre trial of the case in which Kenyan businessman Kirimi Koome is charged with Sh 400 million fraud will be held in two weeks time.

Senior Resident Magistrate Ben Mark Ekhubi ruled that the pre trial will be conducted on 7th November 2023.

This is after the prosecution requested for the said time to allow them to prepare for the case and put their house in order.

The lawyer for the complainant Danstan Omari was in support of the prosecution. Omari told the court that his diary is full but will be available on 7th November.

Kirimi’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta had opposed the application arguing that the prosecution wants his client to suffer over their incompetence.

“Their house not being in order is not the problem of the accused person,” Ombeta told the court.

He questioned why the State brought his client to court when they are nor ready.

Koome is accused of of conspiring to defraud a Rwandese national Sh 400 million.

The accused, who was a director of Stay Online Limited is accused of conspiring with others not before court to defraud the Desire Muhinyiza USD 2,619,583.27 (apprx Sh 400 million)

Koome is alleged to have committed the offense on diverse dates between 10th July and 4th October 2023 in Nairobi.

The businessman is also charged with stealing USD 100,000 (apprx Sh 14.9 million) from Stay Online, Limited, money which had been entrusted to him to make payment of provision of taxes for the said company.

In addition, Koome is accused of making a false entry of USD 100, 000 to his USD account held at Equity Bank and giving false information to a police officer.

He denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh 500,000.