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Lamu MP Julius Ndegwa charged with Sh4m signature fraud

Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa at the Mombasa Law Courts in Mombasa County on Monday 13th March 2017, where he denied charges of Forging a signature of the late Omar Barissa to obtain 4.5ha of Land in Hindi Lamu which he sold to two businessmen at a cost of Ksh 4 Million. His case will be heard on April 18. Photo/Kelvin Karani

Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa was yesterday charged in a Mombasa court with forgery.

Mr Ndegwa is accused of forging the signature of a dead man to obtain land.

He faces 10 counts of forgery and swindling Sh4 million from two businessmen after selling them land that belonged to the late Omar Kola Barisa.

The court heard that on February 27, 2013, Ndegwa obtained 4.5 hectares in Hindi after he allegedly forged Mr Barisa’s signature.

He was also accused of using pretence to obtain an attorney certificate to sell land to Yusuf Sufi Abasheikh and Mohaddin Abasheikh for Sh4 million.

The MP allegedly issued six cheques, which bounced, to the businessmen as a refund of the money for the land he sold them in 2014.

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The legislator denied the charges before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Evans Makori and was released on a cash bail of Sh1 million.

“The accused has denied the charges in court and is, therefore, released on a bond of Sh1 million,” ruled the magistrate.

Ndegwa also faces an anti-corruption case in which he is accused together with six Lamu West Constituency Development Fund committee members of illegally diverting Sh1.675 million to the Lamu CDF office account from the Witu livestock cattle dip project between July 1 and October 30, 2013.

Last week, the MP went to the High Court to block the Director of Public Prosecutions from charging him. However, Justice Dorah Chepkwony ruled that Ndegwa should appear before a magistrate’s court to answer to the charges.

The judge said the lower court would determine his culpability.

 

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