A mother of a businesswoman charged in connection with a Sh34 million meat embassy tender has been detained for presenting a forged title to bail out her daughter.
On Monday, July 25, Dorcus Njeru Mugo was detained at the DCI on the orders of Milimani senior principal magistrate Bernard Ochoi.
Dorcus, an Interior Ministry employee, had come to bail out her daughter Esther Muthoni Muiruri, who had been charged with defrauding a businessman of Ksh 34 million by pretending she had tenders to supply meat to the Kuwait and Qatar embassies in Nairobi.
Esther, who was arrested on July 12, 2022, is being held at the Langata women’s prison.
Ochoi directed that Dorcas Njeru Mugo, a senior administration secretary with the Interior Ministry, be escorted to the DCI headquarters for investigations into the legitimacy of a title deed she presented in court to bail out her daughter Esther Muthoni Muiruri.
Dorcas had presented to the court a title deed for a property in Ruiru, which the court heard had been used to bail out a different suspect in another criminal case.
Prosecuting attorney James Gachoka expressed concern about the title deed presented by Dorcas, who claimed she had developed some projects on the quarter-acre plot of land.
She presented photographs of rental homes that the court noted were similar to those used in another criminal case pending in the same court.
Dorcas testified in court under oath that the property is worth Ksh 12.3 million, far more than the bond of Ksh 10 million granted to her daughter.
“These are two valuation reports for different parcels of land, but they both include photographs of the same houses.
I believe there is an attempt to dupe the court into approving a surety with dubious documents “Gachoka, the prosecutor, stated
He requested that Dorcas be escorted to the DCI Nairobi area for an investigation into the authenticity of the documents presented for surety approval.
Magistrate Ochoi granted the request to accompany the suspect to the DCI Nairobi area for further investigation.
“Two valuation reports were presented to the court.
The photographs in the reports are for the same houses, but they are said to be for two different land parcels in different counties, Kiambu and Embu “Ochoi stated this while rejecting Dorcas’ request to be allowed to stand surety in the matter.
Esther Muthoni Muiruri was charged on July 12 with defrauding Duncan Maranga Mbici of Ksh 34 million by claiming her company Bellas Casa Agencies had won a tender to supply meat to the Qatar and Kuwait embassies.
She denied 30 counts of obtaining property by deception and forging purchase orders.
She was remanded at Lang’ata Women’s Prison pending her bond release.
According to the prosecution, the accused approached Mbici about funding her company for a business venture with the Qatar and Kuwait embassies for the supply of meat.
Muthoni allegedly told Mbici , who is a director CTL that he was entitled to direct profit over and above his principal capital if he funded that particular business.
Muthoni faced various counts of obtaining fraudulently sums of money ranging between Sh250,000 to Sh 6.5million between June and July 2021.