Clinic manager charged with stealing Sh1.3m from doctors through office M-Pesa line

By Sheila Mutua On Wed, 14 Apr, 2021 09:55 | < 1 min read
Aisha Jemutai
Aisha Jemutai at the Milimani Law Courts on April 13, 2021, where she was charged with stealing Sh1.3 million from her employer. PHOTO | SHEILA MUTUA

A clinic manager, Aisha Jemutai, has been charged with stealing Sh1.3 million from two doctors based at the Kenyatta Hospital Doctors Plaza.

Jemutai was arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts were she was charged with two counts of obtaining money by false pretences.

The offense, according to the prosecution, occurred on January 1, 2019, and February 28, 2021, at Gynacare Limited within Kilimani Sub-County in Nairobi.

The prosecution told the court that Jemutai stole the money which came to her by virtue of her employment.

The two affected doctors, Dr. Jane Machira and Dr. Maureen Awiti, operate the Gynacare clinic.

Dr. Machira and Dr. Awiti told the court that they obtained a Safaricom line and registered for M-Pesa, a line they entrusted with the clinic manager who received payment from patients on their behalf.

The doctors said that in February 2021 they received a notification that informed them that their Safaricom line had been blacklisted by the Credit Referencing Bureau for failure to pay an M-Shwari loan that the they clinic had never borrowed.

After making inquiries from Safaricom, they were informed that their line had been used to borrow a loan.

When they received their M-Pesa statement from Safaricom, the doctors told the court that they found out that their clinic manager had been using the funds paid by clients through M-Pesa.

They discovered that over Sh1 million had been transferred to her M-Pesa line and another amount totalling Sh1.3 million had been sent to her husband’s line while other payments were made at supermarkets and restaurants.

Jemutai denied the charges before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku and was released on a bond of Sh50,000 or Sh300,000 cash bail.

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