IMPOSTOR?

Man claiming to be Matiang'i's messenger charged with fraud

He denied all the charges preferred against him and through his advocate sought to be granted a lenient cash bail and bond.

In Summary

• Evans Ratemo appeared before a Milimani court where he is facing a charge of obtaining money by false pretences.

• Court documents say that Ratemo obtained Sh600,000 from Wilfred Nyachwaya on grounds he would help secure a job for Nyachwaya’s relatives.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.

A Milimani court has detained a man who allegedly defrauded the public by claiming to be a messenger at Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi’s office.

Evans Ratemo appeared before a Milimani court where he is facing a charge of obtaining money by false pretences.

Court documents say that Ratemo obtained Sh600,000 from Wilfred Nyachwaya on grounds he would help secure a job for Nyachwaya’s relatives.

Ratemo had indicated that he would secure three jobs in the Kenya Prisons Department on October 2 at Langata, according to court documents. 

He denied all the charges preferred against him and through his advocate sought to be granted a lenient cash bail and bond.

The prosecution, through investigating officer Protas Maeba opposed Ratemo's release, saying that he is a flight risk.

Maeba said the accused has two other cases before the same Milimani court and he has failed to appear on several occasions despite depositing a cash bail.

“It is my prayer to this honourable court not to grant the accused person bond because there is a high chance of him absconding due to his previous record,” Maeba said.

He further submitted that they were expecting more complainants and also wanted to confirm whether Ratemo works in Matiangi’s office as a messenger.  

The defence opposed the application by the prosecution claiming that the other pending cases in court should not prejudice Ratemo’s constitutional right of being granted bond and bail.

 

In her ruling, magistrate Muthoni Nzibe said that she considered previous records of the accused person and that he would remain in custody until December 18 for a court mention.

(edited by O. Owino)