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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Ex-land buying company director faces another fraud charge

A former director of Githunguri Constituency Ranching Company Ltd was  arraigned before a Thika court where he denied a charge of fraudulently obtaining registration of land belonging to a woman.
Henry Wainaina Kihoro who is a former secretary of the above company was charged that on January 23 2003, within Thika town of Kiambu county, he jointly with another and with intent to defraud Teresia Njoki Kinyanjui, obtained registration of land parcel No Ruiru/KIU/Block 2/2734 pretending it was lawfully allocated to Francis Wainaina Ngige by ranching company, a fact he knew to be false.
The accused who was represented by Kiama Wangai denied the offense before chief magistrate Stephen Mbungi.
The accused was released on a cash bail of Sh100,000. Now the accused faces five charges of fraud and is out on bond. The case being prosecuted by state counsel EW Gicheha was slated for hearing on July 2.
On March 26, Kihoro and another former director were charged together with 16 others for holding an illegal meeting. The accused denied the charge before chief magistrate Stephen Mbungi.
The prosecution led by Chief Inspector Nancy Muthuri alleges that on March 21 at Kwihota Primary School grounds, the accused persons held an illegal meeting purporting it to have been convened by Githunguri Ranching Co management.
Wangai objected to the charge terming it as defective, but he was overruled by the magistrate. Wangai told the court that the accused persons had notified the area officer commanding police station of the intended meeting as required by law. “They were taking part in an annual general meeting as shareholders,” he said.
The accused were released on a bond of Sh100,000 with a surety of similar amount each or a cash bail of Sh 50,000. The case will be heard on May 27 Kihoro and Gikera have been been leading a campaign against the construction of a Sh4.5 billion sewerage project on land belonging to the company.
The two are involved in a protracted dispute with the Githunguri Company management over the sewage project which saw them charged with malicious damage to property last year. They had denied willfully and unlawfully uprooting land beacons valued Sh1.2 million. The case is still pending in court.