Parliament staff arraigned in court for stealing Ksh70M

Parliament staff arraigned in court for stealing Ksh70M

Seven Parliament employees were today arraigned in court and charged with conspiracy to steal Ksh70M from the August House.

The seven including Samuel Obudo, Mary Kanyiha, Keith Kisinguh, Aloys Tinega, David Kithua, George Arun and Benjamin Kagutu have also been charged with the abuse of office and creating documents without authority.

The accused denied all charges before Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo, and they have been released on Ksh300, 000cash bail or Ksh1million bond.

The case will be heard on 26th January 2016.

This comes as the country grapples with numerous reports of theft running into hundreds millions in various government dockets.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru was on Tuesday grilled over a controversial document showing inflation of prices of basic items procured by her Ministry in the 2013 – 2014 Financial Year and loss of over Ksh791 million at the National Youth Service (NYS).

She later confirmed the loss of the monies saying she had invited the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe the NYS accounts.

The DCI report revealed that at least Ksh 712 million was stolen from NYS by adding zeroes to transactions in the famous government IFMIS system.

Recently several county officials have also been in the corruption field according to a report by the EACC.

Homa Bay, whose officials, including Governor Cyprian Awiti, were accused of irregularly paying Ksh 200 million to an investor for the proposed Agro City project without a having a feasibility study being conducted.

In Kisumu, the award of a 15-year Ksh1.2 billion tender for solid waste management to Madam R. Enterprise in 2013 which is still being investigated.

Migori county top officials, including Governor Okoth Obado, were also allegedly involved in procurement irregularities.

One such case is the award of a contract to Speedway to supply and deliver water pipes, where payments of Ksh7 million were made before the delivery.

Another case involves alleged irregularities in the procurement of furniture for the governor’s residence.

A Ksh20.9million contract was given to Arryan Ltd using alternative procurement procedure without prior authorization.

It is also alleged that the Trans Nzoia County government irregularly acquired a house in Kitale at an exorbitant cost of Ksh500 million on the pretext that it would be used as Kitale Referral Hospital.

In Siaya, officials were accused of irregularities in a tender for the erection of a wall at the county headquarters at Ksh10.4 million and payment of Ksh13.5million for solar streetlights.

It is also alleged that there were irregularities in the award of a Ksh22.5 million tender for pre-fabricated offices

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