County procurement chief jailed five years

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Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) offices in Nairobi. [Photo: KU]

A procurement officer in Bomet county government has been convicted.

This follows recommendations made to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), where 13 officers from Bomet County were charged and tried for various economic crimes and procurement irregularities in Kericho Anti-Corruption Court (Case No. 1 of 2015).

On Friday June 16, Principal Magistrate J.R Ndururi, delivered judgement and convicted Dr Ezekiel Chirchir, the Head of Procurement in Bomet County, on two counts of fraudulent practice in procurement proceedings contrary to section 41(4) as read with Section 137 of the PPDA of 2005, and abuse of office contrary to section 46 as read with 48(a) of ACECA.

The Court sentenced the accused to five years imprisonment for each count without an option of fine, with the sentences running concurrently.

The rest of the accused persons were acquitted under section 215 of the CPC.

“We are in agreement with the ODPP on the appeal of the acquittals under section 215 of the CPC,” EACC said, in a communication, Monday.

Investigations into the allegations of procurement irregularities in the purchase of ambulance services for the Bomet county government, from Kenya Red Cross (Emergency Plus Medical Services), were done by the EACC Nakuru branch.

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