, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 10 – Businessman Hassan Yusuf Abdalla was on Monday charged with stealing a Range Rover belonging to former President Daniel arap Moi.
Abdalla was also accused of handling the stolen top-of-the-Range Rover vehicle valued at Sh18 million.
Abdalla who appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Lucy Nyambura however denied the charge and was released on a cash bail of Sh500,000 and ordered to appear on October 16 for the hearing.
The charge states that he and others stole the unregistered green Range Rover valued at Sh18 million between November 9 and 9 2008 from Cooper Motors Corporation (CMC) in Nairobi.
The businessman is alleged to have later sold the car to Regional Development Minister Fred Gumo.
Gumo who recorded a statement with police over the vehicle on Saturday, said he bought it from the businessman.
The prosecution intends to present nine witnesses although it is not clear if Gumo will also be called upon to testify.
The Westlands MP said that he was not aware that the vehicle had been stolen and that he was waiting for the businessman to give him the ownership documents.
“I don’t and did not own the car. Someone wanted to sell it to me but he had not produced all the documents,” he said.
On Friday, police impounded the Range Rover when it was checked in for service at the CMC showroom in Nairobi.
The company said it impounded the car after its diagnostic details matched with those of a car that went missing from its workshop in 2008.
The car had been specially ordered by retired President Moi, with his preferred features.
Police arrested Abdalla on Saturday.