Two widows face charge of obtaining Sh283,368 to facilitate workers travel to Qatar

NAIROBI |

Two women have been charged before a Milimani court with obtaining more than Sh280,000 by pretence.

Mariana Wanjiru Tsotse and Pauline Wangui Ikua, both widows, were accused of conspiring to defraud one Margaret Wanjiru Ichanga a sum of Sh283,368. 

They are said to have collected the money claiming they were in a position to facilitate Ichanga's clients - Robert Mwaka Musyoka, John Maina Waweru, Harrison Mwaura Njenga, Caro Njeri, and Benson Chege - to work in Qatar well aware they would not do it.

The charge sheet indicated that the duo committed the offence between July 22, 2021 and August 16, 2021 in Nairobi.

The suspects, who appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate R K Ondiek yesterday, pleaded with the court for lenient bond terms.

"Your honour I am a widow. I live in Umoja Estate where I sell vegetables. I have a boy aged 17 years whom I take care of. I plead with you to release me on a bond that I can afford," said the first accused, Tsotse.

The prosecution did not oppose the accused's application for bond and they were each released on a bond of Sh200,000 or an alternative cash bail of Sh50, 000.

The case will be mentioned on December 16. The hearing will start on January 15.  

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