Kangemi man who borrowed a wheelbarrow from a man who sells roasted maize within the slums, yesterday appeared before Kibera law courts, where he denied the charge of stealing the wheelbarrow.
The accused person claimed that the wheelbarrow was impounded by the Nairobi Metropolitan Service officers.
While appearing before senior principal magistrate Esther Bhoke, Nelson Omangwa Ondieki was said to have stolen the wheelbarrow, that belongs to Nelson Mutua, valued at Ksh7,000 on October 8.
Mutua who is the complainant is said to have been using the wheelbarrow while roasting maize within Kangemi slums.
On the fateful day, Ondiek is said to have approached the complainant with a view of borrowing it after getting a job of carrying the firewood within Waruku area.
The court heard that when he was handed the carrier by the complainant, he disappeared for almost a month.
The accused person is said to have disappeared until November 4, when he was spotted by the complainant who alerted members of the public to help in arresting him. Ondiek was then escorted to Spring Valley police station
“When I was carrying the firewood, I bumped into the NMS workers who questioned where I was taking the wood and immediately took away the wheelbarrow. Some money is needed for its release.
I had no option but to go back to the complainant to inform what had transpired but he warned me against going to him without his wheelbarrow” Ondieki said.
Ondiek further added that he had made several attempts to talk to the complainant since Thursday, but he vowed that he did not want to see him before he produced his wheelbarrow.