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Congolese man walks free in Mrs Wetangula swindling case

A Kibera court on Thursday acquitted a Congolese music producer accused of swindling Senator Moses Wetangula’s wife of Sh1.5 million.

Mr Saint Patrick Ponce Mahele walked to freedom after Mrs Ann Wetangula failed to appear in court to testify.

“The complainant in the case, Mrs Ann Wacheke Wetangula, has frustrated the investigating officer who has unsuccessfully tried to make her to appear in court,” a prosecutor told the court.

The court heard that Mrs Wetangula did not answer calls from the investigating officer who could not reach her to notify her of the case hearing dates.

“She has not been cooperating with the prosecution through the investigating officer,” the prosecutor stated.

GO BACK TO CANADA

Mr Ponce, who lives in Canada, told the court that he wanted to go back to his country.

“For seven months I have been in remand and no one from my family knows where I am. The complainant has not appeared in court because she knows that I am innocent,” he said.

While acquitting him, Benard Ochoi, the magistrate, argued that from the court records it was evident that the complainant did not cooperate with the investigating officer.

“Summons were issued several times but the investigating officer could not reach the witness to come and testify. The case cannot be adjourned further,” the magistrate said.

Mr Ponce was accused of committing the offence on September 11, 2014 at Divino restaurant, Argwings Kodhek road Kilimani.

Mrs Wetangula had claimed that the Congolese has pretended that he could assist her process a visa and start a business in Canada.