Lamu West MP charged with forgery

By Rose Welimo/KNA

Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa Kariuki has been charged in a Mombasa court with allegedly forging a dead man’s signature to obtain land fraudulently.

The court heard that on 27th February, 2013 Ndegwa allegedly forged the late Omar Kola Barisa’s signature and obtained 4.5 hectares parcel of land in Hindu area in Lamu County.

He is also accused of using false pretense to obtain power of attorney certificate, to sell a parcel of land to two businessmen Yussuf Sufi, Abasheikh and Mohaddin Abasheikh for KShs.4 million.

Ndegwa was accused of allegedly issuing six bouncing cheques to the businessmen as a refund of the money accrued from the sale of the plot in 2014.

The MP denied the charges before Mombasa chief magistrate Evans Makori and was released on a cash bill of one million shillings. His case will be heard on 18th April 2017.

Meanwhile, the body of a 20 year old driver who has been missing for more than a week has found dumped in a sugar cane plantation in Trans Mara.

Gideon Kipngeno Tonui, a probox vehicle driver went missing with his car early this month, with efforts to trace his whereabouts proving futile.

Police have so far arrested two suspects including a woman in whose compound the vehicle was found.

According to Kericho County CID boss Stephen Chacha, the stolen vehicle, Toyota Probox KCJ 952 H was also recovered intact at Masaba, Kuria sub-county in Migori and driven to Kericho Police Station.

Police have arrested two suspects in relation to the incident. Chacha called on taxi drivers to be extra vigilant when strangers come calling for their services.

The body of the deceased was taken to Nyamache hospital mortuary in Kisii County.