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EACC charges three government officials for abuse of office

09 July 2015, 12:22 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Three Nyeri County Government officials were Thursday arraigned in an anti-corruption court facing charges of abuse of office and failure to comply with procurement regulations.

Simon Wachira Kagiri (Chief of staff), Martin Wamwea (Finance executive secretary) and John Mwangi Maina (Lands and Infrastructure executive secretary) denied the charges before Nyeri chief magistrate John Oyiengo and were released on KES 1 million bond each with a surety of similar amount or a cash bail of KES 300 000 each.

John Maina is alleged to have irregularly awarding a contract for consultancy of audit services for roads and civil works done in the financial year 2013/2014 within Nyeri County through direct procurement without the approval of County Tender Committee.

He is further charged with abuse of office by improperly conferring a benefit to Pleng Kenya Limited, by inviting the company to undertake consultancy for review and audit services for roads in the County.

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He allegedly committed the offences on August 12, 2014.

His counterpart, Martin Wamwea was charged with abuse of office by authourizing processing of payments of KES3,756,962.37 to Pleng Kenya limited without the requisite supporting documents.

He faced an alternative charge of failing to comply with the law, applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of funds.

The court heard that on December 20, 2014 Wamwea failed to obtain requisite documents before authorizing payment of more than KES 3 million to Pleng Kenya limited.

The chief of staff, Simon Wachira was also charged with two counts of failing to comply with procurement laws and improper use of a public office.

He allegedly improperly conferred a benefit to Pleng Kenya Limited by approving payment of KES 3,756,962.37 to the said company.

He is further accused of failing to comply with procurement laws while authourizing the said payments.

The case was slated to proceed on August 11 with a mention of July 23, 2015.

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