By Lilian Otieno
Former Lugari Member of Parliament Cyrus Jirongo is facing charges in court for allegedly forging signatures and documents to secure an overdraft of Kshs. 50 million from Post Bank Credit limited.
Jirongo is facing charges of obtaining execution of security by false pretense, making or uttering document and further giving false information to the police.
The Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Fredrick Ashimosi claims that the title deed presented to Post Bank Credit limited by Jirongo to secure the loan was forged.
The forged document are purported to have been signed by businessman Sammy Boit Kogo and his wife Antonette Boit to transfer land located in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area.
Upon securing the loan Jirongo defaulted leading to the selling off of the property by the lending bank through public auction.
The suit land was allocated to Kogo in 1989 and in 1991 he entered into a sale agreement with Jirongo for purchase of the property at a considerable price of Kshs. 20 million.
Justice George Odunga heard that it was agreed that Jirongo could pay 10 per cent and have the title documents released to him.
He however issued a cheque of Kshs. 10 million which was later dishonored by the bank.
Ashimosi also told the court that the Director of Public Prosecution, Keriako Tobiko, had earlier recommended for the prosecution of Jirongo upon upon completion of investigations over complaint made by Kogo concerning his property which had been fraudulently used to secure a loan by the former MP in 1992.
“The criminal case brought against Jirongo is not malicious on the part of the DPP. Fraud was established during the investigation over the complaint as raised by Kogo,” Ashimosi said.
Ashimosi submitted that forensic analysis into the investigations revealed that Kogo and his wife did not author the signatures appearing on “Deed of indemnity”.
He also said that in April 2015 the investigation file with recommendations was sent to the DPP for directions as required by the law upon which he ordered for prosecution of Jirongo on four counts of obtaining execution of security by false pretense, making or uttering document and further giving false information to the police.
Jirongo who had been given three days to appear before the Chief Magistrate’s court to plead to the various charges moved to the High Court to stop his prosecution.
The prosecution led by Everline Makia now says they are ready to charge the former legislator after completion of investigations.
The court will deliver its judgment on 6 December 2016.