KU student in court after using fake Mpesa messages to buy food and drinks worth Ksh189,000

Emmanuel Bwire at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.
Emmanuel Bwire at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.

A third-year student at Kenyatta University has been accused of buying drinks and food worth Ksh 189,000 from a city hotel by paying with fake Mpesa transaction codes for three days.

Emmanuel Bwire, who was tried and charged in the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi, allegedly committed the crime on different dates between 13-16 December 2021 at the Hill Park Hotel in Nairobi.

Court documents reveal that the 24-year-old man ordered food and drink piecemeal.

“Ordered drinks worth Ksh 28100 and delivery fee of Ksh2000. He then asked the waiter to give him the bill so he could pay through Mpesa. A police report seen by bouncenationkenya.com said the hotel did not see the message, in part because there was a problem with their Mpesa cellphones.

The hotel waiter and security guard, who was the driver, delivered the drinks and food in question, and the defendants were given the Mpesa transaction code.

The next day, the student ordered drinks and food worth Ksh 47,000, which he claimed to have paid through Mpesa, and gave the transaction code Mpesa as usual.

On the third day he did the obvious; He ordered drinks, food and transportation worth Ksh 51,600 and gave the Mpesa transaction code to the hotel delivery man, but this time the hotel courier asked the defendant to allow him to take a photo of the Mpesa message he made.

The court heard that a lady approached the waitress and the hotel security guard as she was leaving the defendant's house and warned them against the gentleman.

Back at the hotel and after checking the Mpesa transactions, the waiter was shocked to learn that the messages were fake and no payment to the hotel through Mpesa has been made by the accused person since 13 December.

He then alarmed the hotel accountant and was advised to call the gentleman.

Luckily, on December 16, the defendant called the waiter as usual and ordered food and drink worth Ksh 61,000.

This time, a police officer accompanied the hotel courier and came to the student's dormitory.

As usual, she gave a fake Mpesa message and was immediately arrested by the police for further investigation.

Emmanuel pleaded not guilty before Chief Justice Wendy Micheni and sought leniency against his constitutional rights, claiming he was held by the police for more than 24 hours.

He was released on bail of Ksh 50,000.

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