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Court orders Jumia rider to refund stolen 22k

Dancun Hardson Bala (1)

A man who stole Sh22,682 from his employer has up to January 28 to pay up or go to jail.

Dancan Hardson Bala was given a day to pay by a Kibera law court before the court passes the sentence on him after he admitted theft charges.

Bala pleaded guilty to charges of stealing by servant where he is accused of stealing the money from North Wind Delivery services in Kibera, Nairobi which came to his possession by virtue of his employment in October 2020.

The convict had asked the company to contract him as a Jumia delivery rider which he was given rules and agreed before signing the deal in September of the year.

The next month, he was given goods worth different amounts on diverse dates in October to make deliveries after purchase by customers.

The court heard that he would later receive payments after deliveries and pocket the cash instead of depositing to his employer’s account.

The company’s financial controller Hedrick Lukati told the court that they looked for Mbala for more than one year after he disappeared with the cash.

Lukati said Mbala stole 36,000 from the company and his family had approached the firm for an out of court settlement.

Senior resident magistrate Renee Kitangwa delayed sentencing Bala to allow for the alternative dispute resolution.

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