Engen employee charged with Sh237m fuel products theft

Paul Ngugi Githinji
Paul Ngugi Githinji denied theft charges. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL 

An operations manager with a local oil distributor has been arraigned over theft of petroleum products valued at over Sh237 million in a span of one year from a rival company.

Jadiel Muchui Kithinji, an assistant manager with Engen Limited, denied stealing petroleum products from OiLibya Depot within Industrial Area, Nairobi, valued at Sh237,585,492 on diverse dates between January 2013 and September 2014.

State prosecutor Kajuju Kirimi told Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi that the petroleum products belonged to OiLibya (K) Limited.

He applied to be admitted to bail which Ms Kirimi did not oppose.

Mr Andayi released the suspect on a cash bail of Sh1 million then fixed the case to be tried from October 3.

In the same court, another oil dealer denied the charge of stealing petroleum products worth Sh3 million and was remanded in prison after jumping bail in a different case.

Manish Chandarana, charged alongside one Emmanuel Kipkosgei Mosonik, admitted before the magistrate that he had skipped the hearing of another case.

“It’s true I jumped bail… I had been admitted in hospital but when I was discharged a close friend told me if I show up in court I would be locked up. So I went under but I was fished from my hideout by police over the current case,” said Mr Chandarana while apologising to the court.

Ms Kirimi opposed releasing the accused saying he was a flight risk and could no longer be trusted.

He was accused of stealing 30,000 litres of diesel from Berlin Petroleum Products Limited worth Sh3 million on August 29, 2018. He also denied forging a local purchase order (LPO) purporting to be a genuine one issued by Twyford Ceramics Company.

Meanwhile, a bank supervisor who had jumped bail in 2017 was charged with stealing Sh14,999,850 from NIC Bank PLC.

Paul Ngugi Githinji denied stealing the cash from the Buruburu Branch of the bank on September 23, 2017.

He faced five other counts of stealing money. The case will be consolidated with another scheduled to be heard from September 14. Ms Kirimi opposed his being given bail as he had jumped bond before.

Mr Andayi directed the accused to appear before the court hearing the other case where he will be jointly charged with others.