For­mer Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry ac­coun­tant handed five years in jail for cor­rup­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

A for­mer ac­coun­tant with the Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry has been jailed for five years for a cor­rup­tion-re­lated of­fence. Jane Ngugi was sen­tenced by mag­is­trate Doreen Mulekyo with­out an op­tion of fine for false ac­count­ing. On June 17, 2009, at the min­istry headquarters, she gave false pay­ment vouch­ers and a pay­ment sched­ule pur­port­ing she had validly spent Sh8.3 mil­lion. The money was sup­posed to be trans­port re­im­burse­ment, per diem al­lowances and fa­cil­i­ta­tion al­lowances to par­tic­i­pants and fa­cil­i­ta­tors for the teach­ers’ ad­vi­sory cen­tre tu­tors re­call work­shop. She faced a sec­ond count of false ac­count­ing. A to­tal of 39 wit­nesses brought by the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions tes­ti­fied. Ngugi’s sen­tenc­ing comes less than a week af­ter Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta ac­cused the ju­di­ciary of de­lay­ing cor­rup­tion cases. He said it is the weak­est link in the war on graft.

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