NTIMAMA’S PASS­ING ENDS AN ERA, WHAT NEXT FOR MA­SAI RIGHTS?

She was ac­cused of in­flu­enc­ing the award of a ten­der to her com­pany Kachur Hold­ings for con­struc­tion of the Bayete-Chuiyat-Bargeiywa road

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

I be­lieve the tar­get of any­thing in life should be to do it so well that it be­comes an art. Arsene Wenger French foot­ball coach

For­mer MP Peris Si­mam and her hus­band Enock Kimeli were de­tained yes­ter­day when they failed to pay Sh10 mil­lion fines af­ter they were found guilty of cor­rup­tion by an El­doret court.

They were found guilty of 10 counts of cor­rup­tion. They will each be jailed for 20 years if they do not pay the fines. The fines are be­tween Sh700,000 to Sh5 mil­lion for each of the counts.

Si­mam, Kimeli and four oth­ers were charged with eco­nomic crimes and abuse of of­fice when Si­mam was MP be­tween 2007-2013.

She was ac­cused of in­flu­enc­ing the award of a ten­der to her com­pany Kachur Hold­ings for con­struc­tion of the Bayete-Chuiyat-Bargeiywa road. More than Sh4.5 mil­lion were il­le­gally paid to the firm. The road was not re­paired.

The co-ac­cused were Shachile Mikoya La­ban, Ma­luti Pamella Ma­luti, John Simiyu Khaemba and Wis­don Kimu­tai Maina.

“As right­fully stated by the pros­e­cu­tion, Kenyans should know that em­bez­zle­ment of pub­lic funds, eco­nomic crime and cor­rup­tion do not pay. As a re­sult of ac­tions by the six ac­cused, El­doret South res­i­dents did not get value for money and the worst part is that the leader player was an MP,” Chief mag­is­trate Wan­jiku Cherere said.

“The pros­e­cu­tion has proved all the 10 counts be­yond rea­son­able doubt and I find the ac­cused guilty.”

The pros­e­cu­tion was led by Deputy DPP Nicholas Mu­tuku, who sought the max­i­mum sen­tence for the ac­cused. The court found that some doc­u­ments used by the ac­cused in the case had been fal­si­fied.

“The money lost was to ben­e­fit the peo­ple of Kesses con­stituency. They have suf­fered,” Mu­tuku said.

The de­fence lawyers said they will ap­peal against the judge­ment. But Cherere or­dered they be de­tained un­til Mon­day, when she will rule on their ap­pli­ca­tion for bond, pend­ing their ap­peal at the High Court.

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