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Teacher swindles KNUT official out of KES 185 400

15 August 2014, 15:58 Ken Wekesa

Lamu - A 35-year-old primary school teacher was charged in the Mombasa Law Courts Friday for   swindling a KNUT official out of KES 185 400.

Mohammed Ali Salim pleaded guilty before Senior Resident Magistrate, Maxwel Gicheru.

It is alleged that between June 1 and August 9, 2014 Salim with intent to defraud obtained KES 185 400 from KNUT Chairman Lamu County, Mr Mohammed Nagi Hogen by falsely pretending that he was in a position to take 36 heads of Lamu Schools to a conference in Nakuru.

The Prosecutor, Eugene Wangila informed the court that Salim approached Lamu KNUT Chairman and informed him that 36 school heads were required to attend a 3-day Headteachers' sensitisation conference in Nakuru.

He further informed the KNUT Chair that all the teachers attending the conference had to contribute KES 5 180 each to cater for accommodation and transport.

Wangila said on August 9, 2014 when the 36 Headteachers convened in Mombasa to travel to Nakuru, the accused was nowhere to be seen and could not be reached on his cell phone.

The matter was then reported to the police who launched a manhunt for him.

However, Salim informed Magistrate Gacheru that he was only a second party whose sole responsibility was to collect money from the teachers.

“I am remorseful for what happened and request for some time to refund the complainants their money,” said Salim.

Salim said he collected the money from the teachers and handed it to Timothy, who had hatched the plot, at the Gulf Bank in Mombasa before his disappearance.

"I had to hide for fear of the outcome as Timothy was nowhere to be seen," added Salim.

Gicheru ruled that the matter be referred to the District Probation Officer and that the accused be released on a bond of KES 200 000 and a surety of similar amount.

The case will be mentioned August 29.

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