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Kenya: Jobs Scam – Prisons Officer Grace Nyamohanga Freed On Sh2m Cash Bail

by kenya-tribune

Three prison warders and two civilians implicated in a multi-million shilling jobs fraud racket were charged in court on Monday.

Senior Sergeant Grace Nyamohanga alias Nasra, and prison warders Jackson Mureithi Manyara and Zachary Kimathi Cosma faced Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot.

They were charged alongside Sylvester David Masiaga, who is Ms Nyamohanga’s nephew, and Peter Ngere Githu.

All the five denied charges of fraudulently obtaining Sh48,540,000 from members of the public who were promised jobs in government agencies.

The crimes

Detective Nicholas ole Sena filed 72 counts against the five and presented evidence showing they pretended they were in a position to secure employment for the victims at several organisations.

The organisations included the Kenya Airports Authority, the National Police Service, the National Lands Commission and the Kenya National Highways Authority, the Anti-Counterfeit Agency, KenGen and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

Evidence presented by the prosecution showed that over Sh22 million was held in Mr Manyara’s account while Mr Masiaga processed over Sh15 million through his.

“I urge this court to consider the number of charges filed against the accused plus the severity of the punishment while granting bail,” the prosecution stated.

Defence arguments

Defence lawyers Victor Olao and Jason Orina Maranga applied for bail for the accused, saying they were sickly.

The prosecution did not oppose the application.

The defence lawyers asked the court not to be swayed by the amounts appearing in the charge sheet.

Quoting various authorities, Mr Olao added that bail should not be punitive. He also noted that Ms Nyamohanga underwent a surgery and had not yet recovered so her bail terms could not be stringent.

Mr Maranga noted that the serving prison officers had fixed abodes and that severe bail terms amounted to infringement of their constitutional rights.

“Sgt Nyamohanga is a guardian of Mr Masiaga, who is jobless, and will bear the burden of depositing bail for him. Be lenient to her,” he added.

Bond and bail