ANTI-GRAFT AGENCIES WIN IN ANOTHER CASE AS EX-WATER AUTHORITY BOSS FINED KSHS. 7.6MILLION OR 24 YEARS IN JAIL IN DEFAULT

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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is yet in another major win following the sentencing of the former Finance and Administration Manager at the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA). James Omondi Ambuso was convicted by the Anti-Corruption Court and slapped with a Kshs. 7,640,000 or 24 years in jail.

The former Finance and Administration Manager at WARMA was found guilty of soliciting and receiving bribes in order to release or development and operations funds to agency’s regional offices. The anti-corruption court established that Ambuso had received bribes amounting to a total of Kshs.910,00 10 ten (10) years ago from the WARMA’s Mombasa and Tana Catchment areas regional units.

Senior Principal Magistrate Eunice Nyutu convicted the former Manager after finding him guilty on four counts out of the nine counts under the Bribery Act 2016 and ACECA2003. The court imposed on him a mandatory fine double the amount he received in bribes. The court also rejected his plea to pay the fine in instalments while out of jail.
On Count 1, the accused was found guilty of soliciting for a bribe and fined one (1) million shillings or to serve three years in jail, a mandatory fine of Kshs 890,00 or three years in jail in default.

On Count 2 for corruptly receiving a benefit, he was fined 0ne (1) million shillings and in default to serve three years in jail. He was also slapped with a mandatory fine of Kshs 890,00 or three years in jail in default.

On Count 4 for corruptly soliciting for a benefit, fined one (1) million shillings or to serve three years in jail, a mandatory fine of Kshs 930,00 or three years in jail in default.

On Count 5 for corruptly receiving a benefit, he was fined one (1) million shillings or to serve three years in jail, and a mandatory fine of Kshs 930,00 or three years in jail in default.
In total, the former Warma Finance Manager was slapped with a fine of Kshs.7,640,000 or 24years in jail.

The accused person is also prohibited from holding public office for the next 10 years.

This case came hot on the heels of a historic conviction of the former NSSF investment Manager, a brokerage firm and three of its stockbrokers. The NSSF Manager was were sentenced to pay a fine of a whooping Kshs.2.6billion or serve 14years in jail in default. These cases have sent a strong signal to the corrupt that the anti-corruption agencies will not relent on their bid to go after the corrupt, time notwithstanding.

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