The Court has ordered a former CEO of the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) to refund Sh11.5 million to the agency.
The court was told that the money which he claimed to have withdrawn to procure livestock to supply canned meat to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Somalia.
Justice John Onyiego said in the decision that Ibrahim Haji Isaak withdrew the money but failed to account for it.
“What that means, is that he dishonestly spent the money without proper accountability hence an act of fraud and breach of public duty. I have no doubt in my mind that the defendant failed to account for the public funds to which he was duty-bound to refund to the corporation,” said the judge.
The court ordered Former Kenya Meat Commission CEO Dr Ibrahim Haji Isaak to refund the money with interest at court rates from 2012.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) through Viola Ocharo told the court that Dr Isaak was the joint signatory to KMC’s First Community Bank account.
He went to the bank’s head office and presented a letter requesting the withdrawal of the money, which was approved. But despite agreeing that he withdrew the money, he failed to account for it, hence it could be presumed that it was used for personal gain.
However, the former CEO defended himself stating other than supplying meat to KDF in Somalia in 2012, he needed to urgently supply beef to a client based in Dubai known as Blue Mountain Company.
He also defended himself saying he was never a custodian of the accounting documents and in the absence of the substantive board, the organisation’s day-to-day operations still proceeded without a hindrance.
The EACC said Dr Isaak did not attach any documentary proof that he spent the money for the intended purpose.
In 2015, Kenya Meat Commission Managing Commissioner Ibrahim Haji Issak and five other employees on appeared in court to face Sh11.5 million corruption charges.
The case is the first of the 25 files, forwarded to the Director of Prosecution (DPP) by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, to be taken to court.
Mr Issak and five other senior KMC employees, however, did not take plea after the court deferred the case.
Issak was in court alongside Patrick Sau, Esther Njeri, Francis Musau and Ruth Muthoni. The sixth suspect, Evans Nyaio, was not in court and a summons was issued against him to attend court on June 9 to answer the charges.
The offence is alleged to have been committed between April 27, 2012 and May 10, 2012. The court released the suspects on a Sh100,000 cash bail each with an alternative of a bond of Sh500,000 and a surety of a similar amount.
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