Foreigner linked to Sh1b fake gold scam freed on Sh100,000 cash bail


Cameroon national Nelson Fru Che, (right) and Ronald Johnson from Liberia who are linked to the Sh1b fake gold scam appear at a Milimani court on Friday, September 15, 2023. [Collins Kweyu, Standard]

A city court has released one of the two foreigners linked to the Sh1 billion fake gold scam on a Sh100,000 cash bail.

Appearing before Milimani Magistrate Gilbert Shikwe, Cameroon national Nelson Fru Che was released on a bond of Sh200,000 with two sureties or alternatively pay a cash bail of Sh100,000 with the provision of two Kenyan contacts.

His release came after the court established he had valid documents; a passport and visa allowing him to be in the country.

His co-accused, Ronald Johnson from Liberia however, is to remain in custody for two days until police complete investigations, as he has no proper identification to allow him to stay in the country.

The court ordered Che to cooperate with the police and report to them whenever asked to.

They also hold his traveling documents, ensuring that he remains in the country until the case is over.

He is expected to report to court on October 3 when the case will be mentioned alongside 11 others that were arrested with in connection with the offense.

10 of the 11 arrested, were also released on a cash bail of Sh20,000 each on Tuesday despite police through investigating officer Nicholas Njoroge wanting them detained for 21 days as they complete investigations.

Police constable Festo Akula Wamwayi who was among the 11 arrested, was released on a cash bail of Sh100,000.

Constable Wamwayi was arrested as he went to rescue one of the accused persons.

Others who were arrested in relation to the gold scandal and presented in court were David Walumoli Misiko, Lenace Wakachuka, Rahma Abdi Hassan, Joseph Gikonyo, Stephen Robert Andere, Alice Kavata, Flavian Omwoyo, Ian Wekesa Milongo, Duncan Muchai Ndichu, and Nabel Suleiman.

Two other suspects are still on the run and a manhunt launched.