Shift­ing Run­yen­jes court plans saved ju­di­ciary Sh50m, Shollei hear­ing told

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The move to shift plans to build the Run­yen­jes court was vi­able since the ju­di­ciary would have paid for can­celling the con­tract, a Nairobi court heard yes­ter­day.

Stephen Karimi (pic­tured), a quan­tity sur­veyor, de­fended the move, say­ing the ju­di­ciary could have paid be­tween Sh30 mil­lion and Sh50 mil­lion, had the con­tract been can­celled.

In the case, for­mer chief reg­is­trar of ju­di­ciary Gla­dys Shollei is charged with abuse of of­fice. Oth­ers are for­mer deputy reg­is­trar Kaikai Kissinger, Martin Ok­wata, Bene­dict Omollo, Ni­cholas Ok­wemwa, Ni­cholas Mbeba, Thomas Atak and Wy­cliff Obunde.

They are ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing pro­cure­ment laws when they awarded the con­tracts worth Sh150 mil­lion.

Shollei and her seven co-ac­cused are al­leged to have in­creased the ad­vance down pay­ment for con­struc­tion of court build­ings from 10 per cent to 50 per cent with­out the ap­proval of the ten­der com­mit­tee. They al­legedly com­mit­ted the of­fence on Jan­uary 17, 2013, while serv­ing in the ju­di­ciary.

The pros­e­cu­tion al­leges that the ac­cused used their of­fices to im­prop­erly con­fer a ben­e­fit on Tim­sales Ltd by award­ing the ten­der for con­struc­tion of the Run­yen­jes court build­ing.

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