UNESCO ex-staff charged with forgery, out on Sh100,000 bail

Friday, September 25th, 2020 00:00 |
Catherine Nyakoboke.

Bernice Mbugua @BerniceMuhindi

A former chief accountant at the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO has been charged with making a fake document without authority to enable her to get the job at the agency. 

Catherine Nyakoboke, who worked for KNATCOM is accused of fraudulently uttering forged documents namely ‘background check form’ purporting to be filled and signed by Walter Omwenga Oyugi.

The offence allegedly happened on March 5, 2018, at KNATCOM Unesco offices National Bank Building, Harambee Avenue, in Nairobi.

Nyakoboke is also accused of fraudulently uttering another ‘background check form’ purporting to be a document issued by Avicshantui Construction (EA) Ltd. She also faced another count of uttering a false document.

She appeared before Milimani senior principal magistrate Bernard Ochoi and denied the charges. She was released her on a cash bail of Sh100,000 or a bond of Sh200,000. The case will be mentioned on October 7 for pretrial. 

The former senior employee at UNESCO was charged after unsuccessfully trying to stop her prosecution.

On Monday she had objected to her plea taking, saying the prosecution had not finished with investigations to warrant her to be charged. 

She claimed she faced a similar charge before a Makadara court and thus the new charge should be taken there.

She argued that the police did not follow proper procedure while drafting the charge sheet against her. 

She argued the investigating officer  never followed the DPP’s advice to conduct further investigations before making such a decision.

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