Suspect in Ksh.300M fake laptops tender remanded for ‘faking illness’

Suspect in Ksh.300M fake laptops tender remanded for 'faking illness'
Allan Kiprotich Chesang when he appeared before Milimani Law Courts on August 14, 2019. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

A Nairobi magistrate on Wednesday remanded a suspect charged with obtaining laptops worth Ksh.300 million by false pretense after he falsely claimed to be ill.

Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku ordered Allan Kiprotich Chesang be remanded at Industrial Area Remand and Allocation Prison for 14 days.

The suspect had claimed to have been admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital after he failed to appear in court for the hearing of the matter, but the court established he lied through his lawyer.

The court had directed the detective investigating the matter to visit the national referral hospital where Chesang claimed to be under treatment but the officer failed to do so.

Chesang is charged alongside three others with obtaining 2, 800 computers from Makindu Motors Limited on Mombasa Road in Nairobi purporting to have had tenders to supply them to the office of Deputy President William Ruto in September last year.

The suspects allegedly used fake tender documents to fraudulently obtain the laptops.

Mutuku warned the detective investigating the matter and Chesang’s lawyer against using delay tactics in the case.

The magistrate also put the detective to task over a car belonging to one of the suspects which he allegedly released un-procedurally.

The detective initially told the court that he used the sale agreement document to release the vehicle which was to be used as exhibit in court.

The detective was given one week to act on the warrant of arrest orders issued by the court earlier.

Mutuku had ordered the cop to arrest the other suspects — Joy Wanja and Wambua Matata — in the case within one week.

The magistrate accused the detective and the suspects’ lawyer of compromise and abuse of authority. Chesang vied for Kwanza Parliamentary seat in the August 8, 2017 national polls and lost.

Six suspects were arrested at his home in Lavington, Nairobi, in September 2018 by detectives and 700 laptops recovered.

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