Ex-City Hall official fights fraud charges

Ms Mary Ngechi Ng’ethe
Ms Mary Ngechi Ng’ethe. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Former head of legal at City Hall Mary Ngechi who was jailed for three years over a Sh283 million land cemetery scam has petitioned the High Court to drop a second charge for fraudulently obtaining public property.

Mary Ngechi was found guilty of giving misleading information in regards to the loss of the money in the suit that also saw former Local Government Permanent Secretary Sammy Kirui and former Nairobi Town Clerk John Gakuso jailed for three years.

Ms Ngechi reckons that the Ethic and Anti-corruption commission (EACC)'s pursuit of the second charge would amount to prosecuting her twice for the single offence of the cemetery scam. The scam involved the purchase of the cemetery land in Mavoko that was overvalued and is now lying idle and cannot be used for the purpose it was intended.

The second charge could set the stage for recovery of assets owned by Ms Ngechi, who was said to have received a kickback of Sh13 million.