Cameroonian national charged in Nairobi over Sh 17M coffee beans fraud

Eritz Bwangai Sah at Milimani Law Courts.PHOTO/Suek

A Cameroonian national has been charged in Nairobi with obtaining millions of money from a Ghanaian national by pretending to be in a position to supply to him 57,000 mega tonnes of green coffee beans.

Eritz Bwangai Sah is accused of obtaining USD 130,000 (apprx Sh 17,160,000) from Mahdi Afsharpanah by falsely pretending that he was in a position to supply 57,000 mega tonnes of green coffee beans from Kenya to Iran, a fact you knew to be false.

Sah is alleged to have committed the offenses on diverse dates between 1st May 2023 and 30th January 2024 in Nairobi, jointly with others not before court, with intent to defraud.

The accused is also charged with conspiring with others not before court to defraud Afsharpanah the said money.

He denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Lukas Onyina.

The prosecution opposed the release on bail on grounds that is at flight risk.

According to the prosecution, the accused is a foreigner who has been on the run since June 2023.

However, in response, the defense told the court that the accused has lived in Kenya for eight years and has a permanent place of abode.

The court heard that Sah is not at flight risk since he presented himself to the police in December last year and was interrogated. He was also informed that he may be recalled to Kileleshwa police station but has never been.

The court directed that the accused be detained until 27th March 2024 when a ruling on opposition of bail will be delivered.

The magistrate requested a pre-bail report to enable him to issue Sah with appropriate bail terms.