Kenyan woman in court for forging marriage, death certificates of living 70-year-old Asian man in bid to rob him Ksh120M

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 29 Sep, 2021 17:03 | 2 mins read
Mercy Njoki alias Fatuma at Milimani Law Courts Nairobi. PHOTO/SHEILA MUTUA

A 70-year-old Asian man has narrated to Milimani Law court magistrate Rose Otieno how a 33-year-old Kenyan woman forged his death certificate, a marriage certificate and a birth certificate of an inexistent child in a well-orchestrated plot to rob him Ksh120m.

The businessman, identified as Alihadi Dafilla Ali, told the court that he received a phone call from Kenya Commercial Bank while in his office in Kampala, Uganda summoning him to the bank's branch in Nairobi along University Way.

Following the call, Alihadi narrated that he embarked on a journey from Uganda to Nairobi via road after missing a flight.

Upon his arrival, he paid the bank a visit, meeting the bank manager and other two officers from Central Bank of Kenya. He told the court that the bank officials inquired whether he had died a question which shocked him

"They asked me whether I was married and with a child. I stated that I was once married to Fatuma Abdulmoniem, a lady from Yemen, whom I divorced in 1983. She went back to her country and we had no child together" he said.

The businessman further narrated that the bank informed him that a lady had visited the bank claiming that he was dead and that she was his widow.

"I told Mr. Rotich, the bank staff, that I was not aware of the claims by the woman since I have never married anyone since 1983. I also told him that I have no child by the name Amina Zainab" the businessman told the court.

He disowned a marriage certificate linking him to Fatuma Mercy Njoki. Alihadi also stated that he did not know anyone by the aforementioned name.

"I was shown my death certificate and a birth certificate of Amina Zainab, my alleged daughter, and a land sale agreement. The documents are fake and were made with an intention of stealing money from my bank account" he lamented.

In the case, Mercy Njoki alias Fatuma and Bakari Abdalla Vuwa were charged with conspiracy to defraud the businessman Ksh120m.

The duo also faces four counts of forging a death certificate in the name of the businessman purporting that he was dead, forging a birth certificate of Amina Zainab, the businessman's alleged daughter. 

According to court documents seen by K24 digital, the lady presented to the bank a marriage certificate dated  April 2, 2010, linking her to the businessman, claiming it was issued in Imenti North, Meru county.

She also presented a birth certificate of a child aged 7 years, her certificate of her conversion to Muslim and a death certificate of the businessman purporting he died on January 17, 2018, at Kenyatta National Hospital Nairobi.