Runaway Nairobi County Clerk finally charged in Sh1 million fraud case
Nairobi County Assembly officers were charged on Monday with conspiracy to defraud over the purchase of books estimated at Sh1 million.
The six including Jacob Ngwele Muvengi, the clerk of the county assembly and his deputy Adah Awuor Onyango denied a total of 12 counts.
Other accused persons are Ms Philomena Kavinya Nzuki ( the principal accountant at the Assembly), Mr James Kariuki Kaguma ( a senior procurement officer), Mr Fredrick Macharia Mwangi (the senior finance and planning officer) and Mr Raphael Mwinzi Maluki, whose company – Primara Ventures- allegedly received Sh997,926 for books which were never supplied.
Mr Maluki was charged with unlawful acquisition of public funds. The court heard that the amount was deposited in his account on July 5, 2017.
The money was alleged to be payment for the supply of books for the Assembly Resource center, yet they were never supplied.
Mr Muvengi, Mr Mwangi and the three other officials further denied charges of abuse of office and making fraudulent payments.
They were charged that as members of the inspection committee, they acknowledged that the books had been delivered and authorised payments.
After denying the charges, the prosecution opposed their release on bond saying they would interfere with witnesses.
But trial magistrate magistrate rejected the application sand released them each on a cash bail Sh300,000.