Businessman Kirimi Koome has been brought before the Milimani Court in Nairobi facing four charges of defrauding Rwandan citizens of 2,619,583 dollars (Sh390 million).


On Wednesday, officers arrested Koome for grabbing millions from the business of selling products on the internet.


Koome was arrested by DCI officers after senior magistrate Mr. Gilbert Shikwe ordered his arrest.


Businessman Kirimi Koome

 

Asking for permission to arrest Koome not to be revoked, lawyers Danstan Omari and prosecutor James Gachoka told another judge, Ms. Esther Kimilu, that "the court should keep the money of online sellers that Koome is spitting on."


Following this conflict, the Milimani court ordered the accounts of a company known as Stay Online Limited (SOL), registered by Koome on behalf of Mr. Muhinyuza, to be closed.


Ms. Kimilu ordered that the case be mentioned today, Thursday, for a decision on whether the warrant to arrest Koome will be revoked.


Mr. Omari explained to the court that the money he is claiming belongs to Koome, not his own, but belongs to customers who buy products in the SOL hall.


Prosecutor James Gachoka told the court that the police have received reports from Equity Bank Limited (EBL) and United Bank Africa (UBA).


In evidence presented by lawyers Aranga Omaiyo, Danstan Omari, and Cliff Ombeta, it was found that a large amount of money is stuck in three accounts opened in Kenya with the approval of international investor Desire Muhinyuza.


"Muhinyuza began to suspect Koome Kirimi after threatening to send $120,000 to his account in Meru," Mr. Omari told the court.


Stay Online Limited (SOL) has branches in Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Canada.
Kirimi is the representative of the company in Kenya.


Koome is expected to plead guilty to a conspiracy to defraud SOL of US$2.6 million.
He has also been charged with stealing $100,000. 


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