Former Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Managing Director Dr. Davy Koech is guilty corruption, court says, and slaps him with a Kshs. 19.6million fine.
Koech who was arrested by KACA in 2009, the predecessor of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), was found guilty of abuse of office and defrauding the research institute of KShs. 19.3 million in 2006, 15 years ago. The court found him guilty of fraudulent acquisition of public property saying that the Director of Public Prosecution proved the offence beyond reasonable doubt.
The former KEMRI boss was convicted by the anti-corruption court for transfering funds belonging to KEMRI from an account held at Standard Chartered Bank Ltd, Kisumu to an accounted he operated at it’s Yaya Branch in Nairobi . Koech was accused of transferring the funds which had been allocated to Center for Disease Control, Kisumu to his personal accounts to finance his children’s education abroad.
Senior Principal Magistrate Victor Wakumile however considered his advanced age, now 70 years old, to exercise compassion and mercy while sentencing him, and also economic impacts of Covid pandemic, adding that Dr. Koech had returned the malaria research money he had acquired corruptly to the government with interest.
and allowed him to pay the fine in two tranches of Kshs. 9.8 million starting October 15, 2021.
The conviction came on the same day another court found former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario and Head of Team Kenya and National Olympic Committee of Kenya official, Stephen Soi, guilty of various offences that led to loss of funds during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The two cases a clear signal that the anti-graft Multi-Agency Teams will not relent in bringing corruption culprits to book, in support to President Uhuru’s vow to rid the country of corruption.