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Westwick College Director Charged With Sh1.9M Fraud

Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Meresia Opondo, Ms. Christine was charged on eight counts of falsely obtaining the money and offering nursing certificate courses in an unaccredited institution.

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Westwick College director Christine Nyambura Muturi alias Christine Lewis handcuffed siding questioning.

Westwick College director Christine Nyambura Muturi alias Christine Lewis has been charged with fraud in Kiambu Law Courts on Thursday.

Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Meresia Opondo, Ms. Christine was charged on eight counts of falsely obtaining the money and offering nursing certificate courses in an unaccredited institution.

She’s being ccused of obtaining Sh1,959,000 from seven individuals by inducing them to pay as college fees for a certified nursing assistant course at Westwick Institute Limited.

“On diverse dates between January 20, 2023, and February 27, 2024, in Gigiri area within Nairobi County, jointly with others not before court being the director of Westwick Institute Limited, offered training in Certified Nurse Assistant without accreditation, licensing and registration by Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority,” read part of the charge sheet.

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On one account she’s been accused by a student who fell victim to alleged gimmicks, “between 24th March 2023 and 30th April 2023 in Gigiri area within Nairobi County jointly with others not before court by means fraudulent tricks induced Gina Nuta to pay a sum of Sh250,000 to account domiciled at Kenya Commercial Bank pretending that you were in a position to train and issue her with a certificate in Certified Nurse Assistance from Westwick Institute Limited which is not accredited by Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority,” it reads in part.

In a different account, she’s been accused of obtaining Sh428,500 from Sally Wanjiru between January 20, 2023, and July 28, 2023, by inducing her that she could be trained and issued with a certificate in certified nursing assistant course from Westwick Institute Limited that is not accredited by TVET.

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Police told the court that they’ve been bombarded with complaints against the UN Avenue based institution with many claiming they were shortchanged and defrauded.

The duped learners told the police that they were lured into joining the institution by the enticing adverts on social media and note so the promise of securing jobs abroad something that the complainants didn’t see.

In an advert seen by Kenya Insights, the college claim to have the right connections to secure employment opportunities abroad for its graduates and even pay for their accommodations while in the foreign land a matter that leaves a lot of questions.

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Investigations by the DCI have however revealed that the institution is not fully registered and not credited with relevant bodies like Technical and Vocational Educational and Training Authority (TVET) to offer such courses.

She denied the charges and pleaded with the court to give her lenient bond terms.

Her bail hearing is set for Tuesday May 7. Luckily for her, the court granted her wish to seek treatment and she will be staying at Nairobi Hospital under police custody until her court appearance.

War with Edgar Obare

The business lady and the nursing school has been kicked in a legal fight with local blogger Obare whom they had sued for alleged defamation.

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Obare had exposed similar allegations that she has since been charged with.

On January 27, Obare accused the two of being fraudsters, “Meet Yvonne Mugure’s “Billionaire” mentor Christine Lewis, who is a convicted investor fraudster, who relocated to Kenya.

Christine Nyambura (Right) and Yvonne Mugure who claims to be a business partner of the accused.

Christine Nyambura (Right) and Yvonne Mugure who claims to be a business partner of the accused.

Obare also in his posts, accused Westwick College in Gigiri that is owned and run by Ms Christine of taking advantage of learners’ desperation for overseas jobs to fleece them.

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In his posts that are still live, Obare made claims that the college wasn’t being transparent and that a number of students had lodged complaints with him to a certain alleged dishonesty the claims ranged from the college not meeting the end of the bargain of securing them nursing opportunities abroad, irregular fee increases, that the college is not yet fully accredited by the authorities but still taking students.

Christine is also the wife to Bumula MP Jack Wamboka, the MP responsible for the impeachment of Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi.

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