‘MCA’ caught on camera stealing from an MPESA outlet

'MCA' caught on camera stealing from an MPESA outlet

An aspiring Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Nyangati Ward, Kirinyaga County was caught on camera stealing from his former employer’s mobile money transfer shop.

Philip Kinyua Gitari was captured on CCTV camera on September 19, 2016 in the company of two others entering an M-PESA shop; Losaka Communications.

The trio allegedly stole over Ksh 2 million from the shop, which reportedly belongs to his former employer, Loice Kabari, before setting it on fire.

The footage shows Kinyua removing a cash box and stashing the money in his pockets at the back office as the rest keep watch before walking out of the premises ten minutes later.

According to the police, Kinyua and his two accomplices, who have been identified as Triza Njeri and Vincent Koome, reportedly set the shop ablaze destroying property valued at more than Ksh 1 million in a bid to “destroy any evidence”.

The youthful aspirant, who was charged with two accounts of stealing from his employer and arson, appeared before Chief Magistrate, Teresa Murigi, on Tuesday, October 11 but denied the charges.

Kinyua was denied bail by the court after details emerged that he has been threatening other employees not to give witness accounts in court.

The court remanded him until Wednesday, October 12 to allow police complete investigations.

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