Elgeyo-Marakwet County Deputy Governor (DG) Wisley Rotich was arrested on Thursday for allegedly refusing to pay Ksh351,000, which he owed Eri Supplies Limited, a company owned by an Eldoret-based businessman.
It is alleged that on August 3, 2018, Rotich “with intent to defraud”, unlawfully obtained 14 tyres of roadshine brand and a Chloride Exide battery from Rajesh Sanghrajka, all valued at Ksh351,000.
“You (Rotich) pretended that you were in a position to pay him, a fact you knew to be false,” reads a part of the police report.
Upon being pressurised to settle the debt, Rotich allegedly issued a bouncing cheque on November 12, 2019.
“You (Rotich) issued a cheque, number 000005, for Ksh351,000 to Eri Supplies Limited from your [bank] account, number 3000101814 at Transnational Bank, Iten Branch, with the knowledge that the said account had insufficient funds,” says the police report filed at the Eldoret Police Station on Thursday, March 4.
Rotich was arrested on Thursday afternoon for obtaining goods under false pretences. The DG was, thereafter, taken to the DCI offices in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County for questioning.
The DG, who was produced in court Thursday afternoon, pleaded not guilty to the offences, and was released on a Ksh50,000 cash bail.