Another man was on Wednesday charged before the Mombasa High Court for allegedly masquerading in court as a qualified lawyer.
Before Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina, Ralph Edward Nzwii Nguma faced three charges of forgery, uttering false documents and masquerading as an advocate of the High Court.
The Directorate of Public Prosecution told the court a probe by DCI showed Nzwii had represented a number of plaintiffs in different cases and courts across Kenya since 2018.
For example, on October 24, 2018, at the Mombasa High Court, he represented Liu Dong Sheng before the Registrar of the High Court knowing that he was not a qualified advocate.
Nzwii acted for Sheng in a case between China New Era and Ocean View Residency Limited and also represented Whintto Architects (K) Limited before the High Court Deputy Registrar.
His charge sheet shows that, on April 28, 2022 at Milimani Law Court’s Commercial Division, he uttered a release agreement purporting it was signed by Arwa and Change Advocates.
He is accused that, on February 24, 2022, he uttered a false release agreement purportedly originating from Arwa and Change Advocates withdrawing from acting for Yongi family Estate.
However, Nzwii pleaded not guilty to all three charges when he was arraigned before the High Court in Mombasa and appealed to the magistrate to free him on lenient bail terms.
Prosecution and LSK opposed his release on bail with the legal body arguing that the matter is of public interest while prosecution termed the alleged fake lawyer a flight risk if released.
The trial court ordered that a probation report be produced before he is granted bail and directed that he be remanded at the Industrial Area Remand Prison until then.
Police apprehended Nzwii days after LSK President Eric Theuri demanded the immediate prosecution of Brian Mwenda, who was called out for allegedly impersonating an advocate.