Month: June 2015

KEVEVAPI DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF PROCUREMENT CHARGED WITH ABUSE OF OFFICE.

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Veterinary Training Institute Managing (KEVEVAPI) Director Geoffrey Kiprop and head of procurement George Koigi at Milimani law court where they were charged with abuse of office on Tuesday June 2,2015..
BY SAM ALFAN.
Veterinary Training Institute Managing (KEVEVAPI) Director Geoffrey Kiprop and head of procurement George Koigi were on Tuesday morning charged with abuse of office.
The two are accused of giving out 70 acres of the institute’s land in Limuru without following the law.
Geoffrey Kiprop Mutai,the Institutes managing director and George Koigi Ndungu, the head of supply chain management appeared before a Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi and denied the charges.
Mutai was accused that on January 20, 2014 at the Institute Headquarters within Nairobi County, used his office to improperly confer a benefit to Mr. Justus Kigen by executing a contract allowing him to utilize 70 hectares of the institutes land at Limuru before undertaking tendering process.
They were jointly charged with failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to procurement contrary to the law.
The court heard that on similar dates and place, jointly failed to comply with the law relating to procurement by failing to undertake open tendering or alternative procedures before awarding Mr. Justus Kigen the said contract.
The defense requested for a favorable bond terms on the grounds that they are not a fright risk as they were senior officials of the said institute.
The Magistrate directed that they be furnished with the copies of the witness statements.
The two were ordered to execute personal cash bail of Sh 300,000 each .
The case will be mentioned on June 16.

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SUSPENDED CS KAMAU SUMMONED COURT BUT FAILS TO STOP PROSECUTION.

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Six official transport ministry tender committee Mwangi Maingi,Philip Onyango Sika,Gilbert Monga’re Arasa,Raphael Weche Okubo,Sylus Wachira Gitau and Charles Oike Mubweka at the Nairobi Anti-Corruption Court Milimani where charged for failing to follow procurement rules in awarding the tender for the Kamukuywa-Kimilili road.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Suspended Transport Cabinet Secretary Engineer Michael Kamau has summoned to appear in court on Thursday to face criminal charges against.
However six official of the tender committee in the ministry Mwangi Maingi,Philip Onyango Sika,Gilbert Monga’re Arasa,Raphael Weche Okubo,Sylus Wachira Gitau and Charles Oike Mubweka were charged for failing to follow procurement rules in awarding the tender for the Kamukuywa-Kimilili road.
High court declined to block his prosecution after the suspended Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau moved to the High court seeking orders to stop his arrest minutes after a magistrate court issued summons to him and two other members of the tender committee officials to appear before the court on Thursday to plead to the abuse of office charges against him.
Through his Lawyer Paul Njuguna Chuchu, Kamau argues that the investigations carried out against him were biased, flawed and unlawful as they were ordered by the government contrary to the law.
He said the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was not properly constituted and thus had no jurisdiction to recommend charges against him.
Under certificate of Urgency, the suspended CS requested the court to grant him stay and that the Anti-graft body and Director of Public Prosecution be restrained from arresting and arraigning him court pending the hearing and determination of the application.
He said the decision by Director of Public Prosecution to charge him was in violation of his constitutional rights and had no basis in the law.
He added that the offenses preferred against him were allegedly committed almost 10 years ago and therefore had no prejudice to either of the parties involved if orders were issued to stop his arrest until the determination of the case.
In her ruling Justice Mumbi Ngugi declined to grant the orders to stop his prosecution stating that the reasons given were not satisfactory.
“I am not satisfied that interim orders should be issued. The criminal Justice process is a process that is undermined in law and there is nothing tabled before me that demonstrate the violation of rights of the petitioner to justify ex parte orders,” she said.
She however directed that the application be served to the respondents for the hearing today.
Kamau had been issued with summons with two other ministerial tender committee members after they failed to appear in court on Tuesday where they are charged alongside six other members of the Ministerial tender committee.
The six were arraigned and charged with abuse of office and willful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement contrary to the law.
They were released on cash bail of Sh 600,000 or bond of Sh 3 million with one surety each.
The case will be mentioned on June 16.