Two officials of a Women’s Group accused of defrauding Kenyans over Sh300 million have been released on Sh5 million bond or a cash bail of Sh3 million each.
Milimani chief Magistrate Wendy Micheni while releasing them on Wednesday ordered that they also deposit their passports in court.
The two, Mary Ndunge Mutuku and Mary Wanjiku Ndung’u, pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of forgery and obtaining money by false pretenses.
They are being represented by lawyers Geoffrey Omenke and Robert Aswani.
The prosecution had opposed their release, saying they were a flight risk and they kept on changing their place of residence and phone numbers.
They wanted the court to deny them bail or set them free on strict measures.
They were charged that in the period between the year 2015 and 2022 in Nairobi County with others not before the court, conspired to defraud Michael Kariuki and Salome Wanjiru Kariuki of a sum of Sh87,742,000 by falsely pretending that they were in a position to sell them houses at West Park Police estate knowing it was untrue.
They faced 15 more counts where they are accused of defrauding different people by forging documents and uttering them to the suspects claiming that they are from the Ministry of Labour Social Security and services.
The two are being accused of obtaining millions of shillings from unsuspecting city residents under false pretenses of selling them houses at an estate they developed near Wilson Airport, within Lang’ata area, Nairobi.
Through their Lawyers Robert Aswani and Geoffrey Omenke, the accused pleaded with the court to be released on favorable bond terms, saying that they are not a flight risk because they have a fixed place of abode.
The defense said that the accused were arrested before the investigations were concluded which is a violatio