Congolese in court for failing to pay 1.2M bill at Nairobi Safari Club Hotel


A Congolese has been arraigned in court and charged with incurring credit of over a million Shillings by false pretenses after staying at a Nairobi hotel.

Gregoire Belongo Lowoso was charged with boarding and using facilities of the Nairobi Safari Club pretending that he had instructed someone to send him the money, thereby incurring a credit totaling to Sh 1,279,635.

He is alleged to have committed the offense on diverse dates between 11th February and 28th April 2018 jointly with another not before court.

The Congolese denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi.

The prosecution had objected to the release of the accused person on bond on grounds that he is a foreigner with fixed abode in the country thereby putting him at flight risk.

The court heard that if it found it necessary to grant the accused bond, may it be deposited by a local.

However, his lawyer David Ayuo told the court that his entitled to bond as per the constitution adding that he is not at flight risk.

He told the court that his client is just a servant of the main person who was staying there. He said that his boss had assured him he would settle the bill.

The lawyer said his client is not at flight risk and can even deposit his passport in court as guarantee that he will not leave the jurisdiction of the court. He says he is willing to settle the matter out of court.

The court heard that the accused has friends in the country who were willing pay for him cash bail if granted and can accommodate him.

The magistrate ruled that subject to meeting the conditions he will be released on bond. He granted the accused a Kenyan surety bond of Sh 300,000.

The matter will be heard on 8th May 2018.