Lesiyampe, NCPB boss Terer released on Ksh.6M bail


Agricultue PS Richard Lesiyampe and his co-accused in the dock on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Photo/DZUYA ...
Agricultue PS Richard Lesiyampe and his co-accused in the dock on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Photo/DZUYA WALTER

In Summary

  • The suspects were directed to deposit their passports in the court.
  • Those who still hold constitutional offices have been prohibited from contacting the witnesses.
  • They were charged with unauthorised spending of public funds, conspiracy to defraud, abuse of office, among others.

Agriculture PS Richard Lesiyampe and two other suspects in the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) maize scandal have been released on Ksh.6 million bail and a surety of a similar amount.

Former NCPB boss Newton Terer and Cornel Kiprotich Ng’elechey (General Manager Finance) were also handed an alternative cash bail of Ksh.3 million alongside the PS.

The suspects were directed to deposit their passports in the court and those who still hold constitutional offices prohibited from contacting witnesses.

Soft copies of all witness statements are to be provided to the Defence team before mention of the matter.

The three were arrested by detectives from the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) on Thursday morning alongside four others over the irregular purchase of maize.

According to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin, investigations revealed that the NCPB spent over Ksh.11million, an excess from the Ksh.6billion budgeted for.

“The PS irregularly authorised the expenditure and failed to ensure that the purchase was done in accordance with the law,” read the statement from the DPP, adding that this was contrary to the policy guidelines issued by the Ministry of Agriculture.

They were charged with wilful failure to comply with the law relating to management of public property, unauthorised spending of public funds, conspiracy to defraud, abuse of office and neglect of official duty.

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