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Steve Mbogo’s sister, husband write to DPP to review file in Sh 18.5M fraud case


The couple says the matter is a civil matter and not criminal.

They accuse the DCI officers handling the matter of harassing and intimidating them.

Politician Steve Mbogo’s sister and her husband have written to the Director of Public Prosecution seeking review of the file in which they are charged with conspiracy to defraud Sh 18.5 million.

Jennifer Mukonyo Mbogo and Nathan Loyd Ndung’u also accuse the DCI officers handling the case of harassing them and malicious incarceration.

Through lawyer Cliff Ombeta, the couple claims their company Agro-Veg Health Kenya Limited entered into an agreement with the complainant Ezetel Kenya Limited for the purpose of business.

“Please note that this was entirely commercial in nature with clear intentions,” said Ombeta in the letter.

In the letter dated 28th July, the two want the DPP to request for the agreement they entered with Ezetel Limited to clarify the same and part that shows the repayment period (if any).

Ombetta says his clients have been in the avocado export business for a long time which has been their core business and therefore the issue of “false pretenses” does not arise.

The couple’s second charge is obtaining money by false pretenses.

He also states that it is important for the DPP to ask from the DCI officers the partnership agreements for the purpose of carrying out such a business, source of financing and the contribution factors from the said partners.

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They want the police to show proof of funding during the time of the alleged offence and how the financing of the Sh 18.5 million in question was done, whether it was given to them (couple), bank transfer or even personal loan.

According to Ombeta, the cheques referred to in the case were all post-dated therefore, not current as it is made to appear in the charge sheet and were issued on 28th March. There is then no way his clients would have previously instructed the bank not to honour them.

“Our clients have proof that Sh 6.5 million was a personal and that one of the directors Melvin Ndung’u acknowledges having received Sh 1.4 million from the couple as profit in advance which again shows thus is not a criminal case but a civil matter,” the lawyer notes.

According to him, failing to take into consideration the circumstances of the business in these hard times was deliberate and calculated to frustrate his clients.

“We have communication from Harit Seth &Co. Advocates demanding Sh 25 million from our clients and blackmailing them that if the same is nor paid as soon as possible, the case against them shall turn in to a case of obtaining money by false pretenses,” says Ombeta.

The couple accuses officers by the names Nderitu and Madam Njue of pressing them to give them title deeds of their business premises in Embakasi and the motor vehicles as security for the “loan”.

“This was clearly in bad faith and clearly points to an intended capture of our clients’ properties in duress by menaces,” Ombeta added.

He adds that the manner of arrest of his clients by Nairobi Area DCI officers was totally uncalled for in public by show of force that was totally unnecessary using arms to threaten citizens who were peaceful and unarmed and forcing them to lie on the ground in public. “This was intended to scare and harass them.”

Ombeta further accuses officer Nderitu of detaining his clients even after they were granted bond by the court on 20th July 2020. The officer allegedly took the two back to the station and locked them up after the deposited a cash bail of Sh 200,000 each so as frustrate and intimidate them because he was unhappy with his clients’ being granted bail.

The letter also states that the couple intends to sue for defamation, mental torture and anguish, malicious incarceration and damages in terms of business lost.

They also intend to sue officers Nderitu and Njue in their personal capacities for acting outside the limits of the law.

“Please do call for the file. This is an injustice to our client which has totally defamed them,” the lawyer concluded.



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