By Chris Ojow
The scene of crime was in Kericho town,
where Brian Njoka Muturi, the son of
former National Assembly Speaker Justin
Muturi fell victim of the so-called”
Mchele gang” on the night of August 22
while testifying before Senior Principal
Magistrate at Milimani Law Court Nairobi
County Kenya, Muturi son informed the
court that he lost over seven hundred
thousands Kenya shillings. Which was
transferred from his Standard chartered
Bank, CBA Bank and my KCB bank account
to Mpesa, sent to an unknown phone
number and Co-operative bank account.
The Son of senior personality in the
Country went for leisure at club in
Kericho town together with his cousin
and his friends .
It is alleged that their drinks were
spiked with unknown substance by two
unidentified women in their company who
also are believed stole his Mobile
Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 9 worth
100,000. Kenya shillings .
“I do recall that on August 22,2019 at
about 10:30 pm while on a visit to
Kericho town with my mother, I went out
with my friends to a club called
Exclusive where we made merry as l
settled my bills using my mobile phone .
At the club while parting at some point
l saw two women join our table but
later left. From then l do not know what
happened as l left the premises the
following day at 12:30 pm,” Njoka
He informed the court that immediately
after he left the club he went back to
his hotel room where he took a shower
and he and his mum travelled back to
Nairobi without lodging a complaint of
the lost mobile phone with any police
station within Kericho town.
When asked by the prosecution why he
never reported the matter within the
county, Njoka replied that” because my
phone is insured so for me it was a
normal loss as I would report the theft
when I get back to my insurance agent in
“Moments after arriving home, l tried to
access my Standard Chartered Bank
account through one of my other phones
and found that l had a balance of Sh 650
where there was money above Sh
415,000,” Muturi’s son told the court.
“To his surprise, within 12 hours, l had
made Multiple transactions from the Bank
account to M-pesa to a tune of over Sh
414,350. The amount was transacted over
the night and withdrawn via a number in
Embu county,” he said.
Njoka further stated he was also shocked
to find that his CBA bank which had Sh
210,000 the funds had also been
withdrawn by the suspected fraudsters.
“Since l wanted to give a friend of mine
Sh 50,000, l tried my CBA bank account
where l was told l transcated Sh 15,000
on August 22,2019 which l confirmed and
asked for my balance and was informed
that the balance is Sh 450 in an account
that had Sh 210,000,” he said.
The court heard that the bank officials
of CBA confirmed to Njoka that he had
made multiple transactions using his
phone on the same night of August
He added that following the frustration
and huge loss of his cash through his
Safraicom Line he decided to visit a
Safaricom shop within Nairobi CBD
On inquiring with the telecommunication
attendant, he was informed that his sim
card had failed and was advised to do a
replacement for the same.
“In my KCB Mpesa account l had a balance
of Sh 25,000 which was also withdrawn.
on realising this situation was going
beyond a lost phone l proceeded to
Parliament Police Station where l made
my report,” Njoka said.
Asked by the prosecuting counsel on
whether he shared his mobile phone pin
number with any of the friends who they
were drinking with at the club in
Kericho?, Njoka replied he can not
recall what happened after he paid the
bills of Sh 15,000.
He also confirmed to court that he was
not familiar with the two women who
joined him at the club on that
Muturi’s son was testifying in a case
where two suspects Alex Njagi Kathuro
alias Alex Muhia and Denis Murimi
Wanjiku are charged with defrauding him
of his phone valed at Sh 100,000 and
cash Sh 720,800.
On August 22,2019, Njagi is alleged to
have ordered his co-accused Murimi who
was in Embu county to open a cooperative
bank account and register a Safaricom
line for the purpose of receiving the
funds from Njoka’s accounts.