Three top officials charged over disappearance of Kenya Power graft case file


Three top officials charged over disappearance of Kenya Power graft case file
Three suspects linked to missing KPLC graft case file.

In Summary

  • They court, however, released them on a personal bond of Ksh.1 million and Ksh.300,000 cash bail.
  • They were further directed to appear before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on October 24 and October 25 for purposes of accompanying the investigating officers to access Kenya power offices.
  • The prosecution wanted the court to allow them to hold the suspects for seven more days so as to complete investigations.

Three suspects linked to the disappearance of a crucial file in the Kenya Power corruption case were on Tuesday arraigned in court and charged with conspiracy to defeat justice.

John Mucere Ombui (former head of supply chain), Beatrice Meso (former Kenya Power Secretary) and Ruth Otile were arraigned before Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot but they are set to take plea next week.

They court, however, released them on a personal bond of Ksh.1 million and Ksh.300,000 cash bail.

They were further directed to appear before the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on October 24 and October 25 for purposes of accompanying the investigating officers to access Kenya power offices.

The prosecution wanted the court to allow them to hold the suspects for seven more days so as to complete investigations.

However, the court ruled that there was no compelling reasons to warrant the detention of the accused for seven days and they are also not likely to interfere with ongoing investigations.

The three were arrested on Monday after the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered a probe into disappearance of the file from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) which was under the custody of Kenya Power.

The file is said to be an original report from ERC on the procurement of alleged faulty transformers by Kenya Power.

Prosecutor Alexander Muteti on Monday told court that the vital document in graft case against former KPLC CEO Ben Chumo and his successor Ken Tarus could not be found causing trial against the duo not to proceed as scheduled.

Mr. Chumo, suspended Kenya Power Managing Director Ken Tarus and 17 other officials of the electricity company are charged with several corruption charges over the procurement of faulty transformers worth millions of shillings.

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