Trial of former Kenyan Minister next month

August 9, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9 – The trial of former Cabinet Minister Noah Katana Ngala over the transfer of the Nairobi Mayoral residence has been set for September.

Mr Ngala is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the council of the multi million-shilling house on Isaac Gathanju Close, in the posh Lavington area.

The former Minister, his wife Isabel Vicky Nzalambi, former Nairobi Mayor John Ndirangu, Elizabeth Nyambura Gicheha, Hashim Got Sat and Erastus Mwangi Mungai are facing trial before Senior Principal Magistrate Grace Wachira.

All the accused persons have denied that on unknown dates between February 1, 1993 and June 30, 2002 they denied jointly conspired to defraud CCN of parcel LR No.3734/261 where the mayoral house stands.

Mr Ngala has been accused of stealing, handling stolen property and presenting a falsified document. It is also alleged that on unknown dates between April 25, 2000 and June 24, 2002 in Nairobi, as the Minister for Lands he stole a transfer deed dated December 30, 1954 for the land where the house is located.

The former Minister has been further accused of dishonestly retaining a transfer document of the said property on January 9, 2009 and fraudulently presenting a copy of a certificate of title for the suit property to Erastus Mwongera, then Permanent Secretary Ministry of Roads, Public Works and Housing purporting to show that the property was owned by his wife.

Mrs Ngala faces another charge of lying that she had paid the consideration rates in respect to the suit property. They have denied all the allegations and are out on Sh100,000 cash bail each.

She has denied giving false testimony on oath touching on a matter which was material to civil proceedings in relation to the suit property.


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