In Summary
  • Mureithi and Francis Mwaura Githieya are accused of obtaining money from Maile Menkerios, an Eritrean, in the pretext of helping him win military tenders.
  • The two received the money from Menkerios by pretending that they had contracts to supply foodstuffs in the Ministry of Defence.
Embakasi East MP candidate Francis Mureithi Wambugu at the Milimani law courts on November 25, 2020.
SICK: Embakasi East MP candidate Francis Mureithi Wambugu at the Milimani law courts on November 25, 2020.
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Embakasi East MP candidate Francis Mureithi on Monday failed to appear in court for his Sh300 million military tender scam case.

When the case came up for a mention, Mureithi's lawyer told court that his client was sick.

The lawyer said Mureithi had gone to hospital for a check-up following Sunday’s Kenya Kwanza rally, where he was injured.

“Your honour we are requesting for another date since my client is in hospital and cannot attend court,” he said.

Mureithi is vying for Embakasi East MP on an UDA ticket.

The prosecution, however asked court to issue a warrant of arrest for Mureithi, after failing to appear in court.

Milimani senior principal magistrate Robert Ondieki, however issued another mention date and directed the defence to avail medical documents.

The mention is set for Tuesday.

In December, Mureithi, jointly with businessman Francis Mwaura Githieya were charged afresh with several counts of fraud.

The two are accused of obtaining money from Maile Menkerios, an Eritrean, in the pretext of helping him win military tenders in November 3, 2016.

They also face other counts of forgery and conspiracy to defraud.

According to the prosecution, Mureithi and Mwaura received the money from Menkerios by pretending that they had contracts to supply foodstuffs in the Ministry of Defence.

Mureithi is accused that with intent to defraud, he obtained Sh320 million by pretending that DOC FIND company had contracts with the Ministry of Defence and a sugar distribution agreement with Mumias Sugar.

The politician who lost in the 2017 general election, is accused of issuing the foreigner with a Local Purchase Order to supply sugar, maize, rice and beans to the Kenya Defence Forces.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

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