Wajir County officials released on cash bail

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Top Wajir County government officials and a bank manager facing graft charges were Monday morning released on a cash bail of ksh1.5M or bond of 2M each pending hearing and determination of their case.

Nairobi Anti-Corruption Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti ordered the officials to deposit their passports in court and barred them from traveling without court permission.

Wajir County Finance Chief Executive finance and economic planning Daud Abdullahi Omar, County secretary Ahmed Sahal Omar, Acting head of county public service Jeff Mworia Kithinji and head of treasury and economic adviser to the governor Siyad Ibrahim Mohammed were also barred from accessing their office unless accompanied by the investigating officer.

The county officials are accused of embezzling public funds amounting to Kshs21M.

Abdullahi is accused that between 5 of October and 9 of October this year being Wajir County Government Finance and economic planning county executive committee member used his office to confer benefit of 26.1 million to Jeff Mworia Kithinji by unlawfully authorizing him as sole signatory of the county government.

He is further accused of failing to comply with applicable laws and procedures relating to management of public funds by designating one authorized signatory in respect of Wajir County Government imprest account instead of the mandatory two signatories.

Wajir County Secretary Ahmed Sahal is accused of using his office to confer a benefit to Jeff Mworia Kithinji by purporting that the county executive committee had approved the appointment of the said person to be the signatory of the county’s imprest account.

Acting head of treasury and economic advisor to the Governor Jeff Mworia Kithinji is accused of using his office to confer a benefit of 26,100,00 million the money he irregularly withdrew from Wajir County Government standing imprest account.

Mworia is also facing abuse of office, fraudulent acquisition charges.

The case will be mentioned on 10 December to fix pretrial date.

 

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