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Two Nyanza Politicians Charged In Sh67M Gold Scam



Mr Brunoh Otieno Oliende and Steve Seth Okute.

Two politicians from Nyanza have been charged with obtaining Sh12.7 million in a gold scam.

Seth Steve Okute who contested the Karachuonyo parliamentary seat Member on an ODM ticket and Bruno Otieno Oliende appeared before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Esther Kimilu and denied the charges.

Mr Oliende contested the Suna East parliamentary seat in Migori County as an independent candidate.

Mr Okute and Mr Oliende were charged with obtaining $100,000 (Sh12,613,000) from Ms Marjorie Grant in March 2022 by pretending that they were in position to pay custom duties for 33 kilogrammes of gold shipped from Burkina Faso. They denied the charges.

Their eight co-accused were not charged after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) recalled the police file for review. Prosecutor Ann Munywa urged Milimani Magistrate Esther Kimilu to defer the planned plea-taking for the eight suspects until the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) makes final decision on whether to charge them.

The magistrate granted the prosecutor 14 days and fixed the case for mention on March 6, when the court will be informed of the outcome of the ODPP’s review. The suspects are Samuel Wathika Gathuru, Moses Otieno Oketch, Patroba Odhiambo Tobias, Elisha Mbadi Kimbero, Teddy Samora Kowino, Loaennis Kaisarios, Mugabe Patrick Biriko and Collins Kiprotich Langat.

They are currently out of police custody on a cash bail of Sh100,000 each though they are required to be reporting to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Office every Friday.

The ten were arrested in separate raids at Nairobi’s upmarket Kitusuru and Kilimani suburbs.

Mr Seth Steve Okute and Mr Bruno Otieno Oliende were released on bail of Sh100,000 each. According to the prosecution, the two were arrested following a report made by Ms Grant, an American investor living in Los Angeles, California. Mr Okute was the first to be arrested before detectives headed to Mr Otieno’s home in Kitusuru. Mr Okute was found in possession of a Baretta pistol loaded with 13 rounds.

The sleuths found heavy metallic boxes, suspected to be used to store crucial information that is currently assisting the officers in the investigations.

Mr. Okute is a serial offender who’s been arrested several times on accusations of fraud.

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