Kenya: 4 Charged with Forging President Kenyatta’s Signature
Four men have been charged with forging Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta’s signature in a bizarre corruption scandal.
Mr Reuben Wasike Situma, Mr Ismail Ibrahim, Mr Keith Lee Henney Bockle and Mr Stephen Kimani have all been accused of forging a letter, complete with a copy of the president’s signature, so they could con Hot Point Appliances Ltd boss, Shailesh Kanani, on December 21 last year.
Sh15 million bribe demand
The group presented Mr Kanani with a letter they claimed was written by private secretary to the President, Jomo Gecaga. The forged letter invited Mr Kanani to the State House where his company would supposedly be offered a tender by the government. Posing as State House operatives, the four men allegedly demanded Sh15 million (more than £100,000) in exchange for the letter.
At this point, Mr Kanani became suspicious and decided to meet the State House procurement manager on his own – only to be informed by gate officials that the letter was fake. The CEO later reported the incident to police, who confirmed the letter was fake.
The accused have reportedly denied two charges of forgery and uttering a false document in magistrate court. They have since been released on Sh100,000 bond each and their case will now be heard on April 13.
This isn’t the first time President Kenyatta has had someone attempt to forge his signature. In 2014, a man was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for allegedly signing documents in the president’s name that proposed business plans to state-owned corporations.