Man linked to fake 180M laptop tender in DP Ruto’s name charged

Daddy Awiti before a Nairobi court where he was charged with conspiracy to defraud

A man implicated in the fake laptop tender using the name of the office of the Deputy President William Ruto has been charged before a Nairobi Court with conspiracy to defraud and obtaining goods by false pretenses.

Daddy Awiti is accused of falsely pretending that he was carrying out tender business and was in a position to deliver 28,000 pieces of HP laptops valued at Sh180, 000,000 to the office of the DP a fact he knew to be false.

The accused is alleged to have committed the offense on diverse dates between 1st June and 12th August 2018 at Nairobi City Center, jointly with others not before court.

Awiti and his accomplices are said to have been offering tender documents under the name of the office of the DP with intent to defraud.

In the second count, of obtaining goods by false pretenses the accused is alleged to have obtained the above mentioned laptops the property of Makidu Motors Limited along Mombasa Nairobi Highway.

He denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku who granted him a bond of Sh 5 million or alternative cash bail of Sh 3 million.

The matter will be mentioned on 22nd August for consolidation with another similar matter before court and will be heard on 10th September 2018.

Seven arrested

Last week the police arrested seven people in Westlands, Nairobi masquerading as officers from the office of Deputy President William Ruto with more than 700 laptops.

The laptops valued at Sh 320 million were obtained from businessman Stephen Musyoka under claims that they were to be delivered to the office of the DP and the suspects were found at Allan Chesang’s house.

Chesang’ who was among the seven arrested vied unsuccessfully for a Member of Parliament seat for Konza Constituency as an independent candidate.

According the police, three vehicles allegedly portrayed to be from the Deputy President’s office using fake stickers were also found at the scene and was yet to be established why or how they got there.

Other things found were KRA stickers and documents showing that the suspects had signed a Sh 317 million deal with a another businessman.