Dr. Jonah Onentiah Magare, a senior Health Ministry official, was on Monday charged with attempting to defraud his father of land valued at Ksh.20million.

The 40-year-old medic was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi at the Milimani Law Courts.

He however denied the charges and was released on a Ksh.1million bond with an alternative cash bail of Ksh.500,000.

Dr. Magare and his mother Mary Moraa are accused of forging a letter of authority to transfer the lease title and register the land afresh.

His mother is facing similar charges over the same land and is out on the same bond terms.

The court was told that they intended to defraud Joshua Magare on or before March 5, 2011.

The forged letter dated February 28, 2011 was purported to have been written by the complainant authorising transfer of the title deed to the son.

According to the charge sheet, the medic conspired with his mother, who had been charged earlier, to defraud the older Magare of the parcel of land in Donholm area, Nairobi.

Documents before the court also stated that the medic was apparently not the complainant’s biological son.

The medic is also facing charges of obtaining registration of land by false pretence.

The two case files will be mentioned on July 17, 2019 for consolidation purposes.


The complainant Joshua Magare is a retired chief accountant with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He is said to have bought the property in 2001 from a member of the Harambee Sacco but did not pursue tittle deed immediately.

He had enjoined his wife as a co-owner of the property.

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