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August 21, 2018

Five charged with collecting cash 'for Mau Mau compensation'

The five people accused of collecting money from Turkana Central residents by pretending to be members of the Mau Mau Governing Council, February 9, 2018. /HESBOUN ETYANG
The five people accused of collecting money from Turkana Central residents by pretending to be members of the Mau Mau Governing Council, February 9, 2018. /HESBOUN ETYANG

Five people were charged in Turkana on Monday with defrauding residents by claiming to be members of the Mau Mau Governing Council.

Joseph Ngacha, Omete Nyanchoka, Moses Ketira, John Koele and Godfrey Kebo Lowett were apprehended on January 27.

They are accused of collection money from residents of Lokapapaparai village in Turkana Central with the promise of ensuring their compensation.

"The five men, with others not before the court, pretended to be members of Mau Mau war fighters council and obtained Sh2,000 from each resident of Lokapapaparai, claiming it was [the cost of] registration for compensation," said Lodwar magistrate Christine Wekesa.

The five did not take plea, the magistrate saying 1,000 victims had not given their statements at Lodwar police station.

They were remanded until February 20 when the case will be heard.

Villager Lodite Longorio told The star on Tuesday that he was conned out of Sh4,900.

"I didn't hesitate to give them the money after we had a long conversation. I was convinced they were from the council."

He said the suspects had certificates and documents that backed their claims.

The council demanded compensation from the British government for atrocities committed during the fight of independence.

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