A woman has been charged in Nairobi with obtaining thousands of shillings by false pretenses from unsuspecting Kenyans pretending she was in a position to secure jobs for them.
Edinah Kendi Kiruki was charged on the first count with obtaining Sh 71,000 from Rahab Njeri Wanjiku by falsely pretending that she was in a position to secure employment for her, a fact she knew to be false.
She is alleged to have committed the offense on diverse dates between 7th and 30th June 2018 at Nairobi Business District jointly with others not before court.
On diverse dates between 24th May and 30th June Kiruki is alleged to have obtained Sh 35,000 from Tabitha Wanjiru Nyoro.
Between 3rd May and 10th June 2018, she is accused of obtaining Sh 33,000 from Winfred Wayua Wambua under the same pretenses.
The court further heard that the accused obtained Sh 32,500 from Priscilla Wairimu between 24th and 25th July 2018.
Between 22nd and 26th May 2018, Kiruki is further accused of obtaining Sh 30,000 from Joseph Macharia Kahuko.
Further, Kiruki is said to have obtained Sh 26,000 from Margaret Njoki Mburu between 27th April and 1st May 2018.
According to the charge sheet produced in court, she was charged with obtaining a total of Sh 69,200 from Samuel Njoroge Guchu, Serah Mueni Muli and Gabriel Okech Owino.
She denied all the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.
Murmurs in court catch Magistrate’s attention
After the accused person pleaded to the charges, the magistrates noticed noisy murmuring and upon looking, he realized that a gentleman seated behind the prosecutor was appeared angered and asked him…..Unataka kupigana?
The gentleman informed the court that he had gathered in the courtroom with several other people where Kiruki was being charged since they had also been swindled by the accused person and the police had informed them that she was to be charged today for the offenses.
However, the crowd of about 20 people told the Magistrate that they did not hear their complaint in the charge sheet against the accused person.
Magistrate Andayi granted the accused a bond of Sh 300,000 or a cash bail of Sh 200,000 and directed that the complainants seek assistance from the investigating officer or the police station.
Through her lawyer, Kiruki told the court that she was unable to pay the Sh 200,000 cash bail and requested that it be reduced to Sh 100,000.
In addition, she asked the court to grant her utmost two weeks to settle the matter with the complainant.
The Magistrate thereafter referred the accused back to Railways Police Station to try and agree on the settlement and come back to court on 23rd August 2018 to table the agreement.
The matter will be mentioned on 3rd and will be heard nm 11th September 2018.