Former Education ministry accountant handed five years in jail for corruption
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.