A man who has been soliciting money under the guise of being a Central Bank of Kenya employee has been arraigned before the Nyeri law courts.
It is alleged that Peter Gichuhi, has been lying to his unsuspecting victims that he is a CBK employee and as such can easily include them in tenders to supply various items to CBK.
According to the charge sheet, Gichuhi is alleged to have received at total Sh 2.6 million between May 2019 and September 2021.
In the first count, Gichuhi is accused of obtaining Sh 1,932,693 from Anne Nduta while in the second count he received Sh 688,030 from Lucy Wairimu with the promise of helping them secure a tender at the CBK.
However, things took a different turn when his victims discovered that he was not a CBK employee. The offence is a breach of Section 313 of the Penal Code and is liable to imprisonment of up to three years.
However, Gichuhi denied the charges before Nyeri Resident Magistrate Faith Kawira and was released on a Sh 500,000 bail.
Still in the same court, a woman accused of being in possession of illicit brew surprised the court when she told Nyeri Resident Magistrate Faith Kawira that she imbibes the brew to numb stress.
Lucy Mwangi who showed up in court carrying her two-year-old child, is alleged to have been found in possession of one litre of chang’aa on August 28, in Nyeri town.
In her defense, the mother of three claimed the brew was not for sale rather for personal consumption since she is a mother who is going through hardships translating into stress.
“I am begging the court to pardon me since the economic constraints have pushed me to the wall. I have to raise my three children single handedly and this is becoming too much to bear. I have been under a lot of stress lately which I usually overcome by consuming chang’aa,” she pleaded.
The magistrate ordered her to be remanded at King’ong’o police station as she awaits the ruling on September 2.