- Rose got Abiud’s contacts through the internet on February 2016 when she was searching for a branding company.
- Another complainant, Nafula Wanyonyi, said she lost Sh368,000 to Abiud whom she met in 2013.
Ms Makacha Kashendi had been looking for Abiud Esonga Mulwale for over a year without success.
When she eventually found him in the dock in a Kiambu court last week, she was relieved.
Here, she thought, was a chance to get back the Sh1.3 million that she claims she had given Abiud back in 2015 in the expectation that he would sell her a car.
According to her, Abiud took the money and that was the last time she saw him.
Makacha is an events organiser and she first met Abiud when she contracted him to print banners for an event that had brought together business people involved in import and export trade between Kenya and Germany.
When he saw her car, he mentioned that she ought to upgrade it. He even offered to ensure that she got a new car that would be perfect for her. He even showed her the models he claimed were available.
The suspect asked her to deposit $7,500 (Sh760,000) and a further Sh526,000 for duty and clearing and forwarding, which she did.
The car was to arrive on June 21, 2015, but that never happened. Instead, he begun giving tall tales, prompting her to report the matter at Industrial Area Police Station.
According to Makacha, police told her they were unable to trace Abiud, but on August 2015, she tricked him and, together with her son, took him to the police station where he was freed on a Sh20,000 police bond.
WARRANT OF ARREST
Later, with the help of DCI officers, he was rearrested, charged at a Milimani court and released on a Sh70,000 cash bail.
However, he never showed up for hearings and Makacha has been moving around with a warrant for his arrest. Last week, to her dismay, Makacha heard an officer from Gigiri Police Station asking the magistrate to release Abiud on bond. She could hardly believe her ears.
She desperately raised her hand to catch the attention of Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo. It was important for Makacha that Abiud remained behind bars. However, little did she know that court procedures could not allow her to have her way.
On that day in Kiambu, Abiud was in the dock for fraud.
He had been accused of defrauding Ms Rose Mwende of Sh2.8 million in 2016.
According to court documents, he had pretended that he was in a position to help Rose import a car from Japan.