Ministry of Interior employee accused of forging bond to remain in custody

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Dorcas Njeru Mugo at Milimani Law Courts where she had gone to stand surety for her daughter. Photo/Courtesy

An employee of the Ministry of Interior who is accused of forging a surety bond for her daughter will know her fate on Monday 1st when the court will make a ruling on her release.

Dorcas Njeru Mugo, a senior Administration Secretary, was detained seven days ago after she appeared in court to bail court her daughter Esther Muthoni Muiruri who is charged with Sh 34 million fraud.

When she presented her title deed in court to stand surety for her daughter, the prosecution noted that the documents resembled others used to stand surety for her daughter in another case.

The prosecution sought to have Mugo detained as the DCI commenced investigations to determine whether the new surety bond was genuine or not.

When the two appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi, the police told the court that they had verified the two title deeds, the current one and the other used in a previous case and confirmed that the two titles are genuine.

 

Mugo’s Esther Muthoni Muiruri before Milimani Law Courts where she was charged with obtaining Sh 34 million in a non-existent tender to supply meat to the Embassies of Kuwait and Qatar. Photo/Courtesy

One of the parcels of land is in Ruiru, Kiambu County while the other one is in Embu.

The investigating officer further stated that even though the titles were genuine, the valuation report was not.

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This is because the valuer Philip Kiprotich Cheplong indicated contradicting dates on his certificate on when he started to practice.

“After finding that the titles were genuine, we proceeded to the registrar of valuers registration board to verify whether the valuer who presented the two reports was genuine. We discovered that the two reports he filed were fake,” the investigator said.

The police further heard that photographs of buildings indicated in the valuation report were fake.

“The houses indicated in the valuation report are not there. The property is not developed, there are no buildings,” the court was told.

The police said that they have not been able to prefer charges against Mugo because the complainant had not made a report yet.

Tracing the valuer

The court also heard that the police have not been able to trace the valuer.

Further, Mugo had failed to disclose who gave her the valuation report.

The police requested more time to complete investigations and prefer the charges.

Mugo, through her lawyer, requested to be released on bail while investigations continued saying that she was just a victim of circumstances.

“Her only mistake was the valuation report which she did not author neither does she have the expertise or knowledge to do the same,” the court was told.

She added that as a civil servant, she is at the verge of losing her job due to the seven days she has been in custody.

The court heard that Dorcas Mugo is not a flight risk.

SPM Ochoi said the court will give directions on Monday after perusing the documents tendered by the investigators.

Mugo’s daughter was charged on 12th July with defrauding Duncan Maranga Mbici Sh 34 million by pretending that her company, Bella Casa Agencies Limited had a tender to supply meat to the Embassies of Kuwait and Qatar.

She denied the charges and was granted a bond of Sh 10 million with alternative cash bail of Sh 5 million.