OWISO is charged with defrauding a director of Kinlix Limited of Ksh48,460,000 and dragging the names of  two Principal Secretaries in the scam.

He skipped a hearing on April 23 2018, forcing his lawyer to make an undertaking to present him in court on May 7 2018 in the face of a pending warrant of arrest.

Owiso is expected to present a medical document to prove that he was unwell when the case was called up for hearing.

The prosecution says he obtained the money by falsely pretending that tender number MOT/KRC/022/2017-18 for the supply of oil coated Angling Tail lines were genuine tenders issued by the Ministry  of Transport.

He is also charged with forging a document purported to have been signed by prof Paul Maringa Mwangi, PS Department for Transport.

Signed by PS

The charge of forgery states that on or about January 16 2018 at the Ministry of Transport Headquarters, Transcom House, along Ngong Road, Nairobi, jointly with others not before court forged Tender  number MOT/KRC/022/2017-18 for the supply of Titanium Coated bearing pillow blocks purporting to be genuine and signed by the PS.

A separate charge of forgery states that  he forged a tender number MOT/21/2017-19 for the supply of 2830 oil-coated Angling Tail Lines purported to have been signed by Nancy  Karigithu Principal Secretary Department for Maritime and Shipping Affairs.

A court was told the suspect obtained the money from Mary  Wanjiru of Kinlix Limited between January 18 2018 and February 28 2018 and was asked to release him on bond.

His case will be enjoined to that of David Kahi Ambuku alias Peter Bwonya Okwaro and Paul Miller Owiti alias Miller Nyami  who were charged with similar offences.

Suspected conmen

Ambuku is  charged with presenting a false document namely, the  fake tender to Mary Wanjiru, Director of Klinux Limited.

Through their lawyer, the two requested for an earlier mention date saying that they were trying to settle the matter with the complainant out of court.
The court granted the two suspected conmen a bond KSh3 million or alternative cash bail of KSh2million each.