A warrant of arrest is out for  Kenyan finance controller of a company based in Kigali, Rwanda, arrested for embezzling millions of shillings from his employer.

Amos Chomba Gicheha after the theft fled Rwanda to Kenya, subsequent to which charges were preferred against him Rwanda and another warrant of arrest still pending.

Milimani senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku issued the warrant against Amos Chomba Gicheha who is said to have defrauded people in Rwanda before escaping to Kenya.

The prosecution has also asked for the freezing of his accounts held at Equity Bank concerning the stolen funds.

Once arrested extradition proceedings will then commence against the suspect, the court heard.

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While seeking the order, senior state counsel Victor Mulei informed the court that Chomba is wanted in Rwanda for the alleged theft of monies from Kigali’s EarthEnable Limited- a low-cost flooring company based in the foreign country.

“The respondent stole the money by transferring money online to accounts controlled by him in Kenya and another account controlled by him in the account opened by him in the name Mr Rutikanga Karekzi, who in effect does not have access to internet banking,” the prosecutor said.

The prosecution was also granted orders for the DCI to investigate Chomba’s personal bank accounts through which he allegedly received the amount from the Rwanda-based company.

Mutuku further granted the prosecution’s request to freeze Chomba’s accounts at Equity bank, pending the hearing and determination of the extradition case.

The court heard that the suspect committed the offences between September and October 2017 in the course of his duties.

It was said that the accused fraudulently transferred Rwandese Francs (RWF) 11,853,142 and an extra $12, 658.43 through Equity Bank to his accounts in Kenya.

The case will be mentioned after two weeks for further directions.