Sh30m deal lands 2 Ny­eri staff in court

Agri­cul­ture of­fi­cials charged with abuse of of­fice over JKUAT con­tract

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - WAMBUGU KANYI @hiltonotenyo

Two Ny­eri county of­fi­cials have been charged with ir­reg­u­larly award­ing a Sh30 mil­lion con­tract to JKUAT.

For­mer Agri­cul­ture ex­ec­u­tive Shadrack Mubea and in­cum­bent chief of­fi­cer David Nyaga are ac­cused of award­ing the con­tract for the au­dit of the county’s li­a­bil­i­ties to cof­fee so­ci­eties on July 14, 2014.

The two ap­peared be­fore prin­ci­pal mag­is­trate Phillip Wam­bua on Mon­day and de­nied the charge.

Through their lawyers Muthui Ki­mani and Ki­mani Nju­guna, they asked the court to re­lease them on le­nient bond terms.

They were re­leased on Sh1 mil­lion bail each.

The two were given the op­tion to post Sh5 mil­lion bond each with a surety of a sim­i­lar amount.

They were later taken to the GK King’ong’o Pri­son for clear­ance. The hear­ing was set for Novem­ber 29.

Mubea and Nyaga had been sum­moned by EACC of­fi­cers.

Two weeks ago, chief mag­is­trate John Onyiego sen­tenced three for­mer county of­fi­cials to three years in jail for ir­reg­u­larly award­ing au­dit con­tracts.

They are John Maina (Lands ex­ec­u­tive), Martin Wamwea (Fi­nance) and Si­mon Wachira (chief of staff).

They were given the op­tion of pay­ing a Sh7.9 mil­lion fine each.

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