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County Official Arraigned In Court On Charges Of Economic Crime

A county official was arraigned in Kajiado court on Monday to answer a charge of stealing money by servant, and faking receipts for the same.

Kennedy Mwangi, who appeared before Kajiado chief magistrate, Susan Shitubi pleaded not guilty to the charge. The court heard he is a manager in charge of revenue collection at Kajiado Bus Park and committed the offence while on duty.

The charge read that on or about on or about January 25 at Kajiado Bus Park he was arrested after he failed to account for county revenue collection amounting to Sh200, 000 that was entrusting to him by tax payers.

The money is the amount of revenue due to county government and said to have been paid by public service vehicles owners operating at the Kajiado Bus Park for the month of January.

The prosecution claimed in court documents that Mwangi received the said money around the said date and failed to issue receipt to those who handed him the amount.

After Mwangi pleaded not guilty, the prosecution asked for more time for investigation and requested that the suspect be remanded for another two weeks.

Shitubi fixed the hearing of his case to take off on January 12, when the prosecution will be expected to have finalized their investigations.

Meanwhile, top government auditors and CID officers on Monday afternoon raided Isinya revenue offices and arrested a county billing officer with Sh441, 000 in his possession.

That was the second raid the officers made in less than 5 days after nabbing another county official at Kajiado Bus Park last week, who is alleged to have collected Sh200, 000 and failed to deposit the same in to an official government bank account.

During the Isinya raid today, county officials led by David Muntet and CID officers led by Daniel Ndambuki, the suspect, Robert Okoth, was arrested and found in possession of Sh441, 000.

Kajiado OCPD, James Kimani, also claimed Okoth was also arrested while in possession of police uniforms and that they have placed him under custody as they investigate if he has also been involved in other crimes.

Muntet said after the arrest the suspect, who is the county billing clerk in Isinya could not explain what he was doing with a huge amount of money in his possession.

He said the crackdown which was ordered by governor Joseph Lenku after suspending all the sub county revenue officers on allegations they had failed to hit collection targets.

“We have started the operation to weed out those bent on stealing government revenue, and I am happy we have arrested two of them. We are going for more until we put all the systems in place,” said Muntet in Kajiado town late yesterday.

He said the suspect would be arraigned in court on Tuesday on charges the police will later prefer against him.

On December 10, 2017 governor Lenku sent his top revenue officials on compulsory leave over allegations of corruption and failing to meet targets in revenue collection.

Among those he sent away were; director of revenue Jonathan Turere and sub county revenue officials -Jonathan Saigilu (Kajiado North), Timothy Kaleya (Kajiado South), Fouzia Shani (Kajiado Central) Agnes Lesere (Kajiado East) and another unnamed official from Kajiado West.

Governor Lenku is said to have been irked by internal audit reports which showed rampant theft of revenue resources through banking of fake slips in to official bank accounts.

After Lenku sent all the sub county revenue officers on compulsory leave, he formed a new revenue directorate that is being chaired by Muntet.

Muntet is in charge of permit and licensing, Njoroge Mwaura is in charge of natural resources, Verah Moraa is in charge of enforcement and compliance, while Janet Sereu is in charge of markets and user fees.

Robert Okoth, an emplyee of county government was arrested on Monday while in hiding in Isinya town.

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