The two employees of Busia county government who were picked by up by Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission officers for allegedly being involved in an incident of setting ablaze the county finance department have been released by court.
Two suspects were released on a bond of Sh500,000 each by a Busia court.
The bond was handed after principal magistrate Samson Temu dismissed the request by the prosecution to deny the duo bond.
In his ruling, Temu ordered that Paul Onono Okoth and Evans Wangata be released on bond of Sh500,000 each with a surety of a similar amount.
“The accused can be released on a bond of Sh500,000 with surety of similar amount,” he said adding that they should deposit their passports in court if any.
He further ruled that the duo should not set foot at the county government offices especially near their offices where the offence took place.
“If they have to set foot into these offices, it should be specifically to report if they are required by the county government,” he said adding that the accused persons are still employees of the county government until proved guilty.
The magistrate further emphasised that the accused persons shall never transact any business on behalf of the county government of Busia until the case is heard and determined.
“The accused persons to surrender themselves to the office of the DCI when required to do so without fail,” he ordered adding that the two should comply with the conditions being imposed for public interest.
The magistrate also ruled that the duo should not conduct any witness directly or indirectly once statements are supplied to them warning that their bond terms will be cancelled if they failed to abide by the conditions given by the court.
The two appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges of arson but they were held in custody after the prosecution pleaded that their bond terms be deferred pending the hearing and determination of their case.
The prosecution through Mureithi Gacharia cited the likelihood of the duo interfering with evidence, witnesses and gravity of the matter as compelling reasons for denial of bond terms.
The case is scheduled for October 15 2019 and January 23 2020 for a mention and a further hearing respectively.
The two employees were picked by up by EACC officers for allegedly flouting procurement laws that allegedly prompted them to set fire at finance department so as to destroy important documents dealing with finances.
The county acting director for finance Onono and an accountant Wangata recorded statements at DCI offices in connection with burning of finance department that happened in the dead of the night at around 2am.
DCI officers had camped at the county government headquarters carrying out investigations following the incident that shocked many people and left them wondering and alleging that it was an inside job to conceal vital evidence concerning embezzlement of funds.
However, EACC sleuths stormed finance department and started perusing documents in different offices including the one where financial documents were being kept but was burnt mysteriously.
The EACC officers who were accompanied by their colleagues from Busia DCI offices are trying to establish what made the suspects to burn financial documents in the finance department.
Reliable sources revealed that EACC officers wrote a letter to Busia county secretary Nicodemus Mulaku demanding for some financial documents and information about flouting procurement laws involving three companies Evam, Draccy and Loviannah Enterprise Limited.
The letter is said to have been written on August 27 2019 from Bungoma EACC offices by the deputy officer in charge George Ojowi.
County government security officers kicked the press out of the compound as EACC and DCI officers continued to do their investigations.
Weekly Citizen established that the fire outbreak occurred when some senior officers at the county government who were being sought by EACC are said to have gone underground.
Inner sources revealed that the whole incident was an inside job because the fire engine is just less than 20 metres from finance department but brigade officers ensured that all financial documents had been burned before they started pretending to put off the fire.
“It is a clear indication that the whole saga was an inside job because some senior officers in the said docket are out of the country fearing to be apprehended by EACC officers,” said one resident on condition of anonymity.
Other sources said this was the second incident to happen at the same department noting that the one that occurred was when a plan to burn the office flopped after a senior security officer noticed fire and contained it before spreading to other offices.
A lady officer was transferred for availing information about the plans of burning the finance department to the press.
In 2017, a robbery was stagemanaged at Busia county water offices but it flopped because it was not properly planned. It was allegedly planned by people who were behind the scandal.
Despite claiming that criminals broke into the offices and took away computers containing vital information, locks were intact and not tampered with in anyway.
It was however found out that the CPU and sensitive documents were stolen from water offices but lucky enough, the then chief officer the late Mboga had shared the same with EACC officers.
Last year, some computers with sensitive information on finance went missing from the finance department.
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A perplexing drama ensued at a city high-end bar in Nairobi when a drunken daughter of a former powerful cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae stripped herself naked.
The chairperson of the women business Kenya chamber of commerce and industry Mary Nyachae braved barrage of abuses from other patrons who were not amused by her behavior.
But instead of expressing remorse, the boastful woman arrogantly reminded her accuses that she was untouchable individual from one of the richest family in Kenya.
What surprised many was when the evidently intoxicated woman told the irked customers and pub attendants to stop getting concerned with her action since after all she was wearing a non offensive white pant.
Her father Nyachae was among a group of prominent investors who held shares in the former CBA Group with 8.6 million shares worth about sh300 million.
She is also a sister to former Constitution of Implementation Commission (CIC) Chair Charles Nyachae.
Charles Nyachae is now a judge at the East African Court of Justice after President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated him following failure to clinch a position in the East Africa Legislative Assembly
Plot to have Mariga defect to ODM – Weekly Citizen
The family of former soccer maestro MacDonald Mariga now wants him to defect from Jubilee deputy president William Ruto’s faction to Raila Odinga led ODM party.
Apart from the family, his supporters are also pressuring him Ruto after a blistering defeat in the recently held Kibra by-election.
The argument is, Kibra is an ODM zone where the population of Luhya community has been instrumental in helping Luos land the slot.
Since the introduction of multi-party politics, the seat has been in hands of Luos as Mps.
The Luhya voters in Kibra want 2022 to be a payback time and to them Mariga being a Luhya must be fronted by ODM.
How top officials loot Afya Sacco – Weekly Citizen
The giant Afya Cooperative Savings and Credit (Sacco) Society’s General Manager and deputy chief executive officer (CEO) Livingstone Sakwa was bundled into indefinite compulsory leave before being sacked after looting hundreds of millions from the society.
Another worst aspect of the emerging scenario is the fact that Sakwa apart from looting the Sacco also took un-secured loans worth hundreds of millions of shillings that he refused to service despite persistent implorations by the board.
The multi-billion shillings Sacco that posted accumulated assets worth more than sh17 billion as at the last financial year-its central management committee (CMC) met immediately after the Sacco’s annual delegates conference (ADC) on April 27 chaired by the chairman Vitalis Lukiri to deliberate on the Sacco’s board of management.
It has emerged that though the entire top management team was on the firing line, right from the chief executive officer Felix Ndoi, his deputy Sakwa and the risk control manager Wycliffe Mwuoria from Meru had to get the first devastating blow before further action is taken on others involved in the scam.
The general manager Sakwa is reported to have presided over the looting of millions of shillings from the society not only for himself but also an inner circle in cahoots with his cronies with his outer circle of close buddies it is estimated that the Sacco lost more than sh500 million.
Though in charge of administration and human resource management at the Sacco, inside sources revealed to the media that Sakwa was a harsh, arrogant, vindictive, un-professional, greedy, high handed, abusive, salacious and an outright ‘’a gutter rat’’.
That though having joined the Sacco in a relatively shorter period of time compared to the other managers, Sakwa had a meteoric rise from scratches to living in the skies where other individuals apart from himself matter.
A senior management official who declined to be named said: ‘’ This character is not just a predator at pilfering, swiping, grabbing, stealing, crude and sophisticated financial fraud, and hoarding the loot but is also worse on the female staff-right from the management to the junior levels’’.
The official said that Sakwa to the Sacco members of staff was a worse terror in the office than Alshabaab or al Qaeda through which he has personally been able to systematically and ruthlessly steal from the society more than sh 550 million as he terrorized the staff to do his bidding or face the sack.
He accused Sakwa of being a man who used his position to get what he wanted right from the skirts in the office all the way to the Sacco’s bank accounts to do is bidding to feed his insatiable greed for both cash and sex.
Though a new comer at the Sacco’s top management level, our source divulging that the man from western Kenya had superseded all the top managers including his boss Felix Ndoi in the rapid accumulation and show of massive wealth including even members of the CMC who employed him in the first place and have been steering the Afya Sacco for decades-today they have nothing to show against Sakwa’s booty.
He said that the biggest irony of the whole business is that the blundering buffoon was brought to Afya Sacco through the influence of Chairman Lukiri who also comes from western Kenya whereas Sakwa comes from Kakamega County-Lukiri comes from the neighbouring Busia county.
‘’This is a matter that virtually everybody in the office cringed and scrivened before him because they thought they were seeing the power and force of the CMC crowned with that of Lukiri-Afya Sacco had become a fiefdom for Sakwa just Germany was for Adolf Hitler before and during the second world war,’’ the source said.
From the proceeds of the loot Sakwa has reportedly built an empire in properties right from the estate of limousines that include Mercedes Benz, prado, pajeros and colonies of muilti-billion shillings real estate properties.
It has emerged that because his chairman does not frequent high class highly expensive dens, Sakwa becomes more the President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta in financial, business in the country.
The estate properties stretch from the most affluent residential estates of Nairobi, its neighbouring Rongai in Kajiado county and Kakamega, Nakuru, Eldoret crowned by all manner of public service vehicles cruising the city and up-country routes.
Socially right from Nairobi city all the way to Kajiado’s Ongata Rongai town, Karen, and up-country, Sakwa, a character who splashes his wealth by taking control of the bar rooms and all services and pays in hard cash-American dollars, the British sterling pounds, the Canadian dollar-crowned by the lousy Kenyan shillings.
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