Workers charged over Ksh.20M furniture for Migori Governor’s house plead not guilty


The 11 Migori County officials in court on Tuesday. Photo/GEORGE JUMA
The 11 Migori County officials in court on Tuesday. Photo/GEORGE JUMA

In Summary

  • The suspects who appeared before Resident Magistrate Richard Odenyo denied charges of irregular procurement of furniture worth Ksh.20 million four years ago.
  • They were released on Ksh.300,000 bond or cash bail of Ksh.100,000 cash bail each.
  • The eleven are; Francisca Anyango, Collins Bala, Tom Kwasi, Charles Wambora, Joshua Opondo, Lazarus Ogutu, Eliakim Odari, Jackline Magero, Martin Wadambwa, Dan Odhiambo and James Amenya.

Eleven senior officers from Migori County accused of flouting procurement rules when purchasing furniture for the governor’s house have pleaded not guilty.

The suspects who appeared before Resident Magistrate Richard Odenyo denied charges of irregular procurement of furniture worth Ksh.20 million four years ago.

They were released on Ksh.300,000 bond or cash bail of Ksh.100,000 cash bail each.

The officers; Francisca Anyango, Collins Bala, Tom Kwasi, Charles Wambora, Joshua Opondo, Lazarus Ogutu, Eliakim Odari, Jackline Magero, Martin Wadambwa, Dan Odhiambo and James Amenya, are accused of flouting procurement procedure when they were purchasing furniture to the governors residence by awarding the tender to an unmerited company.

Eliakim Odari, head of County Supply Chain Management, was charged on two counts which included willful failure to ensure that the purchase of furniture to the governor’s residence was carried out in compliance with applicable procedure set out in section 26(3)b of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005.

The other ten were charged with willful failure to ensure that the procurement process was carried out in compliance with the applicable procedure as required by section 27(3) of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005 and Regulation 10(2) of the Public Procurement and Disposal Regulation 2006 before awarding the tender.

The case will be mentioned on September 11, 2018.

Earlier, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) posted this message on the 11 Migori County officials:

 

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