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Ex-deputy AG charged with conspiracy to steal Sh100m

  • Paul Ogemba 23rd Oct 2019 02:00:00 GMT +0300

From right: Ndungu Kinuthia, Annette Mwangi, Shem Kamu and Kairu Kahwae at the anti-corruption court. They were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud. [George Njunge, Standard]

Former Deputy Auditor-General Stephen Kinuthia was yesterday charged with conspiracy to steal Sh100 million. Kinuthia was charged alongside 13 others who included officials from the Auditor General’s office, and directors of eight companies said to have been involved in the corruption syndicate at the office. The charges were a culmination of five years of investigations, in which the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) filed a suit to recover the Sh100,675,680 suspected to have been stolen through a contract to supply Audit Vault software at the Auditor General's office. EACC stated in documents filed in court that the contract was inflated from the original Sh53 million.

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It also asserted that the procurement was done irregularly since the company awarded the tender had no capacity to deliver the audit vaults software. “Our investigations revealed that the Auditor General’s office paid Sh100,675,680 to Open Systems Integration (OSI) Kenya Ltd even before the audit vault software materials were inspected or supplied,” EACC's says. The anti-graft agency alleged that as soon as the company received the payments, it started dishing out kickbacks through a chain of different bank accounts and law firms used as conduits of the proceeds.

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EACC alleged that Kinuthia received Sh27 million as kickbacks in which he used Sh13 million to purchase three prime plots in Makuyu town. All the accused denied the charges before chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti. They were locked up for another night as they await a ruling on their bail application today.

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