Former youth Enterprise Development Fund Chief Executive Officer Juma Mwangala Mwatata escorted by a police officer to basement cells after he was charged in anti corruption court at Milimani law courts with abuse of office and willfully failing to comply with the law relating to management of public funds.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Former Youth Fund Chief Executive Officer has been arraigned in an Anti-Corruption court charged with fraud before the Nairobi Anti-Corruption Senior Principal Magistrate, Lawrence Mugambi.
Juma Mwangala Matata was charged with willful failure to comply with the laws relating to management of funds contrary to the law by signing a contract with Comnete Technologies for supply and delivery of hatching machines at a cost of Ksh 208,530,000.
He allegedly committed the act on August, 16, 2012 at the offices of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund in Nairobi County.
He denied the charges and he was released on a cash bail of two million or an alternative of Ksh 5 million bonds and surety of the same.
The accused allegedly signed a contract with Comnete Technologies Limited for the supply, delivery; installation and commissioning of 1,050 hatching machines at a contract sum of sh 208.5 million without the requisite approval of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund Board.
He also faced second count of Abuse of office contrary to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act.
It’s alleged he committed the act on or about August, 16, 2012 t the Youth Enterprise Funds Office.
Being a Public servant, he allegedly used his office to improperly confer a benefit on Comnete Technologies Limited.
Juma also faced a third count of engaging in a project without prior planning contrary to the law.
The court heard that, Juma being the CEO and the accounting officer of the Development Fund, engaged in a project without prior planning in respect of a tender for the supply and installation of the micro-computer automatic hatching machines without the approval of the board.
He allegedly committed the act on or about July, 5, 2012.
The prosecution did not oppose his release on bail but requested the court to set five days for hearing as they intend to produce 25 witnesses in prosecuting the matter.
Juma’s Lawyer requested the court to first set a mention date within two weeks before setting a hearing date in order to confirm whether the prosecution has given out the witness statements and exhibits they intend to use in prosecuting the matter.
“Since the prosecution intends to produce 25 witnesses, I urge the court to first set a mention date to verify whether the prosecution has given me the witness statements of the 25 witnesses and exhibits they intend to use,” said the Lawyer.
The case will be mentioned on June 2 to confirm with supplience of all relevant documents to defence by the Anti graft body agency body officers.