Jonathan Mbithi Nzonga charged with forging documents to possess Nairobi land

A senior citizen who allegedly forged documents in 1992 to possess a parcel of land in Jamhuri, Nairobi, has been charged with forgery.

Jonathan Mbithi Nzonga was charged on Thursday before Kibera Senior Principal Magistrate Jacqueline Kahuya where he denied the charges.

The court heard that the accused person committed the offence on August 16, 1992, at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya with the intent to defraud and without any lawful authority.

The accused person is said to have forged a letter of allotment purporting to be genuine and which had been made by the Nairobi City Commission in favour of Jonathan Mbithi.

In the second count, the court heard that, on August 16, 1992, at Jamhuri Phase II in Kilimani Sub-County within Nairobi County while owning Parcel of Land block 63/338 also known as Jamhuri Phase II plot number 415 of Carolyne Wanjiru, he held the possession of the said land contrary to the law.

He however told the court through his lawyers that he was not a flight risk and pleaded for a lenient bond term.

The lawyers told the court that the accused person was a senior citizen and was not a flight risk.

The court heard that the accused person had been charged with a similar offence which had earlier been withdrawn under section 87A.

The section usually allows for the person who had earlier been charged to be re-arrested and charged once the prosecution finds new evidence against him.

In Court, prosecutor Violet Kerubo Ombati said the accused person was a flight risk and urged the court to deny granting him bond terms.

The accused person’s defence downplayed the said accusations.

He was released on Sh150,000 cast bail with the surety of the same amount.

The matter will be mentioned on October 26, for pre-trial.

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