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Epra boss denies bribery charge

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EPRA Director General Pavel Oimeke was interdicted by the board on December 14, 2020. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Mr Oimeke, who was arrested on December 10, 2020 as he allegedly received a Sh200,000 bribe, denied two counts when he appeared before anti-corruption court chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti.
  • The charges stated that on December 2, Mr Oimeke requested for a financial benefit of Sh500,000 from Mr Wycliffe Odhiambo Oyoo.
  • The court heard that he sent the message through a private messenger App, assuring him that he would authorise the opening of Nyang’ina Filling Station in Oyugis, Homa Bay County.

Suspended Director-General of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA), Pavel Oimeke Thursday denied bribery charges before a Nairobi court.

Mr Oimeke, who was arrested on December 10, 2020 as he allegedly received a Sh200,000 bribe, denied two counts when he appeared before anti-corruption court chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti.

The charges stated that on December 2, Mr Oimeke requested for a financial benefit of Sh500,000 from Mr Wycliffe Odhiambo Oyoo.

The court heard that he sent the message through a private messenger App, assuring him that he would authorise the opening of Nyang’ina Filling Station in Oyugis, Homa Bay County.

Further, that on December 10, the Epra boss received a bribe of Sh200,000 from Mr Oyoo, so that he could authorise the opening of the filling station.

Mr Ogoti ordered him to deposit a bond of Sh700,000 or an alternative cash bail of Sh200,000, to secure his release. The Epra boss paid the cash.

Mr Oimeke’s tenure at Epra has been rocky especially last year, when he was forced to step aside after a petition was filed in court, challenging the renewal of his mandate.

In a statement in August soon after his three-year tenure came to an end by the board chairman Jackton Ojwang asked him to step aside, pending the determination of the case which had been filed by Mr Emmanuel Wanjala.

“These orders have compelled the board to require the Director-General Mr Oimeke to step aside, until the judicial restrictions are lifted through orders made in court.” Mr Ojwang’ said.