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Maasai Mara University Vice Chancellor and Staffs Released On SHS 20 Million Bond Each.



Maasai Mara University Vice Chancellor and Staffs Released On SHS 20 Million Bond Each.

A Nakuru Court has released a Shs 20 million bond with a similar surety Maasai Mara University Vice-Chancellor Mary Walingo and five orders facing charges over the irregular withdrawal of about Sh177 million from the institution’s accounts.

Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Osui who convened a court session at the Central Police Station directed that alternatively Professor Walingo who is jointly charged with DVCs Simon Kasaine ole Sano (Administration, Finance and Planning) and John Almadi Obere (Academic and Student Affairs), as well as Finance Officer Anaclet Biket Okumu and the Vice Chancellor’s driver Noor Hassan Abdi each deposit a Cash bail of Shs 10 million.

All the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Ms Osui further dismissed an application by the prosecution led by Daniel Karuri to have accused persons remanded in police custody for fourteen days on grounds that investigations were incomplete.

While directing that the five be supplied with copies of witness statements, the Chief Magistrate said no evidence had been tendered before her to show that the accused persons would interfere with investigations.

Ms Osui ordered that the matter be mentioned before her on September 20th for further directions.

On Tuesday the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji said there was sufficient evidence to prosecute the five and ordered for their arrest.

Prof Obere was the acting DVC in charge of Academic and Student affairs between 2016 and 2019.

The allegation is that the VC ordered junior officers in the finance department to write cheques to various banks and present them to her for signing alongside DVCs or finance officers who were signatories to the university’s accounts.

They did not follow due process and the cheques were based on fictitious expenditures, Mr Haji said.

“Due to the unscrupulous activities of irregular withdrawal of funds without accounting for the same, the university suffered a loss of approximately Sh177,007,754,” he said.

Prof Walingo was sent on compulsory leave in September 2019 after a media expose implicated her in an intricate corruption network said to have cost the university millions of shillings.

The matter was later investigated by the Directorate of Investigations (DCI) and the files forwarded to the DPP.

In the statement on Monday, the DPP noted that a review of the file sent by the DCI showed systematic misappropriation of funds belonging and that the case was therefore of immense public interest.

Mr Haji said that between 2016 and 2019, several cheques were used to irregularly withdraw the money from the institution’s accounts for personal use.

He added that there was no justification for the withdrawals because there were no supporting documents for the expenditure.

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