The driver to a priest in the middle of the conflict surrounding the ownership of St.Mary’s Mission Hospital has been charged with conspiracy to defraud the hospital over Sh.153 Million.
Seth Manera Bwosi is alleged to have conspired jointly with others not before court the Sh.153,468,000 on diverse dates between 29th December 2017 and 29th January 2018 at Prime Bank,Riverside Branch in Nairobi.
Bwosi, the driver of Dr.William Charles Fryda a trained oncologist (Cancer Specialist) was further charged with an offense of money laundering contrary to section 3(b)(iii)as read with section 16(i)(a)of proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering Act of 2009.
The court heard that on the same date at the said bank, received the above amount which he reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of stealing.
The driver denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku.
Through his lawyer,the court heard that the case before it is just one among several others revolving around St.Mary’s Hospital.According to the lawyer his client is the third person to be charged with the same offenses.
One of the cases already before court is the case of Dr.Fryda who was charged with forgery in May 2018.The lawyer requested the court to release his client on lenient bond terms it being he is ‘just a mere driver’.
“Your honor as it is right now it seems any person involved with Dr.Fryda is being charged with this offense,”the lawyer said.
The magistrate considered the submission by the lawyer and granted Bwosi a personal bond of Sh.5 Million or a cash bail of Sh.500,000.
The Doctor filed the case in 2011 seeking to eject the nuns from the hospital premises for allegedly interfering with the running of the facilities.
The priest claimed to be the founder and chief executive officer of the institutions and accused the nuns of trying to kick him out and take over the property.
Through his lawyer, Dr Fryda argued that he used his money and that from his donors to buy the parcels of land in Nakuru and Nairobi on which the hospitals sit.
However, the Nakuru court that was hearing the matter ruled in the nuns’ favor and declared Assumption Sisters of Nairobi the legal owners of the multi-billion St Mary’s Mission Hospital.
Later, the doctor was charged in May with forging letter of signatory to the bank requesting to change the signatories of the hospital’s account.