, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – Rangwe Member of Parliament George Ogalo has been charged with fraud and forgery, relating to a parcel of land in Embakasi, Nairobi.
The legislator appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Waweru Kiarie, where he denied the charges of defrauding a Nairobi businessman Benson Ritho Mureithi.
Ogalo allegedly forged a document that was purported to have been issued by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
He was released on a cash bail of Sh50,000 and the case set for hearing on January 24 next year.
The lawmaker was charged following summons issued on Friday after Ogalo failed to appear before court.
Police alleged that in March 2008, Ogalo without lawful authority made cancellation of a charge document of the land situated at Embakasi, Nairobi purporting it to be a genuine document issued by the Kenya Revenue Authority.
The said charge document was allegedly signed by John Orioro of the Department of Domestic Taxes for the commissioner of domestic taxes.
It is also claimed that in October 2009 Ogalo having been contracted as a surveyor by Ritho to subdivide the land, induced Jacinta Nyawira Kingi to accept a sale agreement for subdivided plots with intent to defraud her.
Ogalo is said to have made Kingi believe that he had the capacity to sell her the said parcels of land.