Shollei faces fresh graft charge

Former Judiciary chief registrar Gladys Boss Shollei. PHOTO | FILE
Former Judiciary chief registrar Gladys Boss Shollei. PHOTO | FILE 

Former Judiciary chief registrar Gladys Boss Shollei is set to be charged in another case for allegedly paying Sh46 million to a contractor for construction works not done.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko, however, dropped charges against former Immigration head Jane Waikenda and former National Social Security Fund managing trustee Richard Langat.

Mr Tobiko said there is sufficient evidence to charge Ms Shollei and seven other suspended Judiciary officers for payment of Sh46 million to Timsales Ltd to build Mavoko Law Court, which was not done.

“Upon careful and independent analysis of the evidence in the inquiry file, the DPP was satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to support the recommended charges against all the suspects,” a statement from Mr Tobiko’s office said.

Ms Shollei is already in court in another case where she is facing charges of abuse of office and corruption over alleged irregular procurement of a Sh310 million residence for Chief Justice Willy Mutunga in Runda.

In Mr Langat’s case, the DPP differed with the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) which had recommended administrative action against him, saying he found no grounds for the action.

Mr Lang’at was facing allegations that the NSSF board irregularly approved a budget of Sh5 billion for the regularisation of Tassia II housing scheme.

Ms Waikenda, who had been accused of irregularly issuing permits to 52 foreigners at the Immigration offices, was also let off the hook. Abraham Mwaura, who was the assistant director and acting in charge of permits, will also not face any action.

The DPP, however, directed further investigations into the files of former National Housing Corporation managing director Wachira Njuguna and six other officers over misappropriation of funds.