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Three charged with Sh33m relief food, cooking oil fraud

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By Wanja Waweru

The owners of a business that purportedly sources food for distribution to places suffering from hunger have been accused of stealing cooking oil worth more than Sh33 million from two suppliers.

At the Milimani Law Courts, Seth Onyango Orinda, Leon Ondogo Otieno, and transporter Richard Maina Mwaniki made an appearance before senior principal magistrate Esther Kimilu.

However, Orinda and Otieno begged Ms Kimilu to let them resolve the case without going to trial by returning the Sh4,332,000 they had bought from the dealer Abdiwahab Aden Arte who gave them the cooking oil.

Hussein Adow Mohammed and Rajula Adimo, from whom they reportedly purchased 6,020 liters of Salit cooking oil on various occasions between November 15 and December 23, 2022, were the targets of the three people’s claimed scheme to swindle them.

The defendant was charged with fraud and money laundering.

State prosecutor Ms. Anne Munyua informed Kimilu that the cooking oil cost Sh33,110,000 and was intended for some of the needy residents of 23 counties’ desert regions.

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