A United Democratic Alliance (UDA) politician has been charged with defrauding a businesswoman of KSh 16 million.
Kennedy Kinuthia an aspirant for Kamahuha Ward in Murang’a County reported conned Caroline Wambui, a businesswoman based in Murang’a.
Kinuthia met Wambui in 2018 through a friend and lied to her that he would help her land lucrative county tenders.
The first order of business was to supply staff uniforms with the Saboti Constituency Development Fund, a deal that would later cost her a whopping KSh16 million.
The deal further saw her divorced by his husband for ‘carelessly’ spending the family’s millions without his knowledge.
Kinuthia after defrauding the woman went into hiding and thereafter started using part of the said money to campaign for a Member of County Assembly seat ahead of the August 9, General Election.
However, Kinuthia’s plan to evade the police arm hit a brick wall on Monday, May 9, after Wambui bumped into him along the busy Kimathi streets where she immediately raised an alarm.
Police officers who were on patrol in the capital city responded swiftly and arrested the suspect.
He was presented before Kiambu Chief Magistrate Emily Ominde on Tuesday, May 10.
“Between the 1st day of February 2018 and 30th December 2020, at Kiambu town, within Kiambu county, with intent to defraud, you obtained KSh16,657,785 from Caroline Wambui Ngige, by falsely pretending that you had secured tenders for the supply of Saboti Constituency Development Fund (CDF) staff uniforms and construction of classrooms within Saboti Constituency, a fact you knew to be false,” the charge sheet submitted in court by Muthaiga Police Station reads.
The UDA politician pleaded not guilty to charges leveled against him.
Magistrate Ominde released the suspect on a cash bail of KSh 2.5 million or an alternative bond of KSh 5 million.