DPP To Present 25 Witnesses In KPLC Fraud Case

by Mahakamani News

Director of Public Prosecution has lined up 25 witnesses to testify in a corruption case against 14 directors from various limited companies over the loss of millions of shilling Kenya Power and Lighting Company.

The state confirmed before Anti-Corruption Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi, that all prosecution witness statements and exhibits have been supplied to the defence.

The court heard the during trial the prosecution will call expert witnesses, an officer  from Registrar of companies, National Construction Authority Officer, Independent Procurement officer, documents examiner, bank officer and cyber crime officer from DCI. Court was further told prosecution will also rely on around 50 documentary exhibits and electronic evidence.

The hearing will  take 225 hours that is one month seven days with the prosecution taking  three hours  for each witnesses in giving evidence inchief, while the defence will tak similar hours the pre-trial  conference confirmed.

14 directors  were charged before  anti- corruption court, Nairobi  for fraudulently obtaining over Sh 15 million  from Kenya Power and lighting Company by   irregularly  being prequalified for  Labour and Transport tenders.

The  accused are said  to have  obtained the money between  the year 2016/17.

10 Traders and Suppliers of Kenya Power and lighting Company limited at Milimani Anti-Corruption courts 

The  prosecution  has submitted before told trial magistrate Lawrence Mugambi, that the accused were irregularly awarded  contracts and money belonging to the public paid to their respective companies.

The accused  Catherine Wamalwa, Christine Nyawara, Catherine Wanjiko, Edwin Macharia and their other co-accused   denied  the criminal charge and the court directed to deliver ruling  over bail terms.

The criminal charge against limited companies directors  comes barely a week after KPL top managers including the Chief Executive officer  Ken Tarus  and his predecessor  Ben  Chumo were arraigned in court charged with the  offence of procuring substandard transformers worth over sh 409 million.

The other managers who were alongside the CEO included Commercial Services Manager KP Mungai, Finance Manager Joshua Mutua, ICT Manager Abubakar Swaleh, Regional Coordination Manager Samuel Ndirangu and Supply Chain Manager Stanley Mutwiri.

Also charged were a couple James Njenga Muingai and Grace Wanjira Muingai, and their son John Muingai who are directors of Muwa Trading Company Ltd, said to have received millions of shillings for supplying sub-standard transformers.


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