5 West Pokot County officials freed on Ksh.200K bail in maize scam case


5 West Pokot County officials freed on Ksh.200K bail in maize scam case
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In Summary

  • They are accused of  alleged irregular purchase of 20,000 bags of maize in 2018.
  • Appearing before Magistrate Obulutsa, the accused faced graft charges for inflating maize prices in the region in a scandal worth Ksh.90 million.

Five West Pokot County Government officials accused of involvement in a Ksh.90 maize scam have been granted bond.

Appearing before Eldoret Senior Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa, the suspects were released on a Ksh.200,000 cash bail or bond of Ksh.2 million with surety of the same amount.

The suspects were identified as Mike Kiptoo Perkilea (County Secretary), Titus Toroitich Mayech (Finance officer), Elvis Mwanga (ICT), Alice Chepkosgei (Procurement Officer) and Joseph Lolemtum (Evaluation Committee member).

They are accused of  alleged irregular purchase of 20,000 bags of maize in 2018.

Appearing before Magistrate Obulutsa, the accused faced graft charges for inflating maize prices in the region in a scandal worth Ksh.90 million.

They were charged with 18 counts for allegedly failing to comply with tendering laws, delivery of dry maize in absence of a list of pre-qualified suppliers among other malpractices, charges to which they pleaded not guilty.

The case will be mentioned on July 30, 2019.

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