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Heat turns on M-Pesa shop owners in Mwau identity theft case

Fresh investigations have been launched against the owners of an M-Pesa outlet in which former Kilome MP John Harun Mwau was allegedly registered without his knowledge and consent, a trial court in Nairobi heard on Thursday.

Detective Emmanuel Ng’etich told the court that he expects to make more arrests in the case in which a Nairobi businessman is charged with stealing Mr Mwau’s identity card which was later used to open an M-Pesa account fraudulently.

He asked the court to fix a hearing of the case in April to give him time to interrogate the directors of Vilcostec Enterprise limited, the company that own the outlet in Sultan Hamud where the alleged offence was committed.

Mr Simon Muiruri, a former employee at the outlet, has since been charged with stealing the politician’s ID and using it to register an M-Pesa account.

The shop owners had previously been questioned on January 3 but were released.

Mr Muiruri denied committing the offence between July 3, 2013 and November 19, 2014 jointly with others not before court.

He has been released on a Sh50,000 bond. He was in court on Thursday for fixing of a hearing date.