8 ex-Kericho county officials convicted of graft jailed

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Kericho Anti-Corruption on Tuesday sentenced eight former county officials convicted of graft.

Peter Koskey, Lillian Chepkoech, John Kimutai, Japheth Kipngeno, Joash Chirchir, Stanley Cheruiyot, Charles Mabwai, Aaron Njoroge and Jawlink Logistics Limited were on Friday convicted of an irregular award of Sh5.6 Million road construction tender.

The accused persons faced nine counts of various charges of corruption.

Koskey has been sentenced to pay a fine of Sh1.3 million or eight years in prison.

He was convicted of three counts of graft including willingly failing to comply with the procurement awarding procedure and awarding a tender to Jawlink through a Direct Procurement method without following the proper procurement guidelines. 

Chepkoech, who is also the Director of Jawlink was acquitted of Count four.

“On April 10, 2016, being a Roads Inspector of the County Government of Kericho, you willfully failed to disclose your private interest as a Director of Jawlink Logistics,” read the charge sheet for the part of count four.

She was sentenced for counts five, six, seven and eight.

Chepkoech is fined Sh10.5 million or 10 years imprisonment.

“Count five, the second accused having been convicted under section 42(3) as read with 48(1) of the ACECA is fined Sh500,000 or three years imprisonment and pursuant to section 48(1)(b) and 48(2)(a) of the ACECA, having received Sh3,807,899.90 is hereby further fined a mandatory two times the amount received, that is Sh7,615,799.80 or three years imprisonment,” the Court ruled.

In counts six, seven and eight, Chepkoech was convicted jointly with Kimutai and Kipgenoh.

They have been fined Sh2.4 million each or four years imprisonment.

Chirchir, Cheruiyot, Mambwai and Njoroge were convicted of failure to comply with the procurement awarding procedure and awarding the tender to Jawlink on March 9, 2016.

For the count, the Chief Magistrate S M Mokua sentenced them to a fine of Sh300,000 each or two years in prison.

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