, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18 – After enjoying 21 days including her Valentine’s Day at a five star hotel in Nairobi, a middle aged woman is now in an unfamiliar situation after she allegedly failed to pay a bill of over Sh200, 000.
Laura Oyier Ogolla was on Tuesday arraigned in court on claims that she obtained credit by false pretenses contrary to section 316 (a) of the Penal Code.
Ogolla who appeared before magistrate Eddah Agade denied that on diverse dates between January 27 and February 16 this year at the Intercontinental hotel, she obtained Sh229, 505 by falsely pretending that she was in a position to pay services rendered, a fact she knew to be false.
The now troubled lady was arrested two days after Valentine’s Day.
Magistrate Agade ordered the woman to pay a cash bail of Sh100, 000 to secure her freedom awaiting trial which is set to commence on March 18 when the hotel’s manager Andrew Muhoho Njinge will testify.
This year’s Valentin’s Day fell on a Saturday, leaving many florists in the city unhappy due to subdued business.
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Most of the florists interviewed by Capital FM News believed they could have made much more sales were the lovers’ day to fall on a weekday like previous years.
A report released by Synovate IPSOS showed that 67 percent of Kenyans were ready to celebrate the special day for lovers.
According to the survey, majority of those who celebrated spent between Sh1000 to Sh2000 (19 percent), with a few expecting to spend more than Sh20, 000(4 percent).
Eighty percent of the participants will be celebrating the day with a romantic partner.
However, the reported stated that, “Thirty two percent of Kenyans will not celebrate the occasion with a majority of them (24 percent) attributing it to lack of anyone to celebrate with while 22 percent of them do not believe in Valentine’s Day.”
“Fifteen percent will be working, 12 percent are broke while 11 percent have never celebrated the day, 8 percent are not in a relationship.”