KPA Finance boss Patrick Nyoike & co-accused Isaac Obunga freed on Ksh.2M bail
Kenya Ports Authority workers Patrick Nyoike and Isaac Obunga have been freed on Ksh. 2million cash bail after they denied charges of fraud.
Nyoike (General Manager Finance) and Obunga (Clerical Officer) were arraigned before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti on Monday.
They were arrested after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission completed investigations into irregular payments amounting to Ksh.214million.
Investigators unearthed the multi-million scandal where Mr. Nyoike is said to have used his office to confer the funds to the company.
“Indeed, Patrick Wambugu Nyoike facilitated Nyali Capital Limited’s micro finance business to finance the KPA suppliers, Local Purchase Order (LPOs) and Local Service Orders (LSOs) and thereafter used the KPA system to have the principal and the interest from the said suppliers remitted to Nyali Capital Limited’s account by the KPA,” the Director of Public Prosecutions said in a statement.
It was revealed that his wife, Jacinta Wanjiku Wambugu, is the company’s General Manager while his brother Alfred Hinga Nyoike is one of the directors.
EACC further reported that the co-accused, Obunga, allegedly identified the company as a vendor in the KPA vendor portal.
“This clearly demonstrates a conflict of interest on the part of Patrick Wambugu Nyoike, the General Manager Finance at KPA,” the statement reads.
EACC detectives are still searching for Nyoike’s brother Alfred and the company’s other director Peter Ndichu Kinyanjui.
The Director of Public Prosecutions recommended that the suspects face charges of abuse of office; conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, failure to disclose a private interest to his principal and dealing with suspect property.
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