MaraHeist: Prof Mary Walingo, four others released on Sh10 million cash bail

by Wakili Liam
Maasai Mara Vice Chancellor Prof Mary Walingo. She is accused of corruption. She and four others irregularly withdrew large chunks of money from the school coffers for personal use.

Maasai Mara Vice Chancellor Prof Mary Walingo and four others have this afternoon been released on a Sh10million cash bail each after they pleaded not guilty to the charges of embezzling nearly Sh200 million from the Narok-based university.

The VC Prof Walingo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance Prof Simon Kasaine Ole Seno, Finance Officer Anaclet Biket Okumu, Prof John Almadi Obere who was the acting Deputy VC Academic and Student Affairs between 2016 and 2019 and the Vice Chancellor’s driver Noor Hassan Abdi were last years exposed for making illegal withdrawals from the University’s bank accounts.

They took the plea via video-link set up at the Nakuru Central Police Station after the Nakuru Law Courts closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

DPP Noordin Haji had on Monday night directed that the five be charged with misappropriation of funds at the University.

The DPP noted that due to unscrupulous activities of withdrawal of funds without accounting for the same, Maasai Mara University suffered a loss of approximately Sh177, 007, 754.

DPP Noordin Haji having considered the evidence presented to him said he was satisfied it was in the public interest that the matter is prosecuted.

“Therefore in applying the evidential test, I have considered all the evidence and information availed to my office and concluded that it is in the public interest to prosecute this case considering that such infractions are crimes against the public,” stated Haji in a statement.

Prof Walingo and others are being held at the Nakuru Central Police Station.

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