11 February 2019

Kenya: Two in Court for Stealing Sh245,000 From Rosemary Odinga

Two suspects have been charged with stealing Sh245,000 from Rosemary Adhiambo Odinga, daughter of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

John Ayub Oduor and Christine Jane Anyango denied the three counts preferred against them and were release on Sh100,000 cash bail each.

Rosemary had reported to the police on February 5 that she had realized there were fraudulent withdrawals from her bank account.

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Investigations revealed that Mr Ayub, who was her personal assistant sometimes in September, had called his wife, Ms Anyango and instructed her to register a mobile line for him.

The line was registered using a different name, belonging to another person, and the identity card used was later thrown away.

Rosemary is partially blind and Mr Ayub assisted her to make the transactions from her bank's mobile banking application.

However, from November, 2018 to February, 2019 while he was helping her make mobile banking transactions, he sent money fraudulently to the Safaricom line his wife had registered.

He later withdrew the amounts from an M-Pesa agent number, belonging to Ms Onyango.

However, on February 10, officers from the Banking Fraud Investigations Unit, arrested the two who were then taken to court.

Mr Ayub was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, and stealing.

Ms Anyango was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, and making use of identification card belonging to another person.

The charge sheet states that on or before November 15, 2018 at an unknown place, Mr Ayub and Ms Anyango jointly conspired to commit a felony, namely stealing Sh245,000 the property of Rosemary.

The case will be mentioned on February 25.

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