, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 26 – Former Cabinet Minister Noah Katana Ngala has denied conspiring to defraud the City Council of Nairobi (CCN) of the Mayoral House in the posh Lavington area.
Mr Ngala denied committing the offence alongside his wife Isabel Vicky Nzalambi, former Nairobi Mayor John Ndirangu, Elizabeth Nyambura Gicheha, Hasim Got Sat and Erastus Mwangi Mungai on unknown dates in 1993 in Nairobi.
He denied he jointly conspired with them to defraud the CCN parcel LR No.3734/261 where the mayoral house stands.
The former Minister who appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Grace Macharia also denied that he stole, handled stolen property and uttered a false document.
He further denied that on unknown dates between April 25, 2000 and June 24, 2002 in Nairobi, as the Minister for Lands, he stole transfer documents dated December 30, 1954 for the parcel of land.
The official residence of the Mayor is situated on Isaac Gathanju Close in Lavington.
Mr Ngala further denied that he dishonestly retained a transfer document of the said property on January 9, 2009 and fraudulently uttered a copy of a certificate of title for the suit property to Erastus Mwongera, then Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Roads, Public Works and Housing purporting to show that the said property was owned by his wife.
The magistrate directed the former Cabinet Minister to pay cash bail of Sh100,000 to secure his freedom pending trial on September 24.
Mr Ngala appeared before the court on Monday after summons were issued about a fortnight ago requiring him to appear in court and plead to the charges. He was reportedly said to be out of the country when his wife Isabel, Mr Ndirangu, Ms Nyambura and Mr Mungai were arraigned in court.
Mrs Ngala had denied giving false testimony on oath touching on a matter which was material to civil proceedings in relation to the suit property.
It is alleged that, she knowingly lied that she had paid the consideration rates in respect to the suit property.
Mr Ndirangu was separately accused of stealing the title document of the said parcel of land on or about April 25, 2000 at the Mayors Parlour.