The President’s commitment to rid the country of graft has received a major boost as two high profile public officials were convicted of corruption.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made a commitment to crack down on corruption as he took his oath of office for his second term as President of Kenya, telling his officials to “carry their own cross”.
The anti-corruption High Court recently passed judgement on two high profile cases within a week, marking great progress and a milestone on his promise to crackdown heavily on corruption amongst public officials regardless of seniority or rank.
The anti-corruption court sitting in Nairobi found former Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Director Davy Koech guilty of embezzling Kshs.19.6 million from the organization in 2008. Koech was found convicted after it was proved beyond doubt that he transferred money belonging to KEMRI from an account held at Standard Chartered Bank Ltd, Kisumu branch to his account held at Standard Chartered Bank Yaya Centre, Nairobi. He used the money to pay school fees for his child. Koech is set to pay back the money as well as a fine of Kshs 19 million.
At the same time, former Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario also found guilty of abuse of office that led to loss of public funds during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. CS Wario lost his ambassadorial post following public outcry over the scandal. He was fined Ksh.3.6million, which he paid to escape serving a jail term.
Also convicted alongside Wario was former National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK) official Stephen Soi, who was found guilty of willfully failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds as well as abuse of office. Soi was sentenced to serve 10years in jail after he was found guilty on five counts. To escape serving a jail term, he has to pay a fine of Ksh.103Million.
A special investigation ordered by President Uhuru over the scandal discovered that at least 88.6 million was reported to have been embezzled, as well as a large number of Sports kits donated by sponsor Nike.
The two cases are a highlight of proof that President Uhuru Kenyatta is winning the war against corruption. His support for the anti-graft agencies has seen the tide turn in favour of his agenda to rid the country of graft.