Government officers arrested soliciting bribe from hotelier
31 July 2016, 21:02
Isiolo - Two government officers working at Tourism Fund have been arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers while soliciting bribes from a hotelier in Isiolo town.
The two, Francis Mwangemi who is an assistant levy inspector and Martin Wekesa, a levy reporting officer both based in Nyeri County are alleged to have solicited KES 35, 000 from a manager of a hotel.
The money was an inducement to cancel levy payment to the Tourists Fund amounting to KES 20,000.
EACC upper Eastern director, Ignatius Wekesa said the hotel employees tipped anti-corruption agency about the two tourism fund officers’ actions.
“The EACC officials had marked the money before issuing it to the hotel manager who handed it to the suspects,” said Wekesa.
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He added that the suspects were escorted to Isiolo police station for further interrogations before being arraigned in court.
“The suspects are officers from Nyeri office that serves Central and Upper Eastern regions and would be taken to court as soon as we receive the consent from the Director of Public Prosecutions,” he noted.
Wekesa expressed concerns that government could be losing a lot of revenue through such corruption and hailed the hotel staff for reporting the matter.
Tourism Fund is a body corporate established under the Tourism Act, 2011 mandated with establishing and developing national standards for testing of skills required by the tourism industry.
It also collects a two percent training levy from hotels and restaurants and the funds would be used to finance training and operations at the Kenya Utalii College.
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