A former Head of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) who is currently Member of Parliament for bonchari Constituency was nabbed by the anti-graft agency Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) based on a bribe request he made via a text on messaging app Signal. The agency also used secret tape recording to nab Pavel Oimeke.
The former head at the Petroleum agency was caught for seeking a Kshs. 500,000 bribes to reopen a petrol station in Oyugis Homa Bay County, after it was shut down by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for selling fuel meant for export.
The anti-graft agency also seized Kshs.200,000 suspected to be a bribe from Oimeke, which, according to EACC had been given to him by a petroleum dealer. Oimeke had allegedly asked for Kshs. 500,000 as bribe via a text on Signal. EACC laid a trap for the former EPRA boss and arrested him after he received the money, a Court heard.
Oimeke issued the station with a clearance letter authorizing the opening of the station. The taxman, KRA fined the owners Kshs.309,842 for the violations.
The fight against corruption has increasingly been boosted by a Multi-Agency team approach to apprehend the culprits.