A Nairobi taxi driver has been charged with unlawfully obtaining COVID-19 certificates for tourists.

The court was told that Vincent Nzola Mutuku who operates within the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was contacted by an agent to enable his tourists get COVID-19 certificates.

Copies of the passports belonging to the tourists were sent to him where he was required to make a booking with the AMREF clinic.

“The agent organized for a test at Lancet Kenya where the five were tested and issued with the certificates to enable them travel. The accused however went back to AMREF to have the money refunded and further informed the personnel at AMREF  to cancel…,” the court was told.

Vincent Nzola Mutuku
Taxi driver Vincent Nzola Mutuku who operates within the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in a court session. PHOTO/COURTESY

The court was also told that Mutuku was not issued with the refund and therefore went ahead to get five other people tested using the tourists’ forms, a scheme that was detected by the AMREF staff, but the five disappeared living Mutuku to carry the cross alone.

The accused pleaded guilty to the charges with the defence lawyer pleading with the court to have mercy on his client.

“He is a church goer …a first time offender,” said the defence lawyer.

The court ruled that Mutuku pays a fine of Ksh. 10,000 or spends three months in jail.

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