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Six arrested over graft at NCPB released on bond

Maize delivery trucks queue outside the NCPB
Maize delivery trucks queue outside the NCPB depot in Nakuru. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA 

Six suspects arrested on Monday over corruption at the cereals board have been released on police bonds of Sh100,000 each.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officials in Kisumu on Tuesday said they had freed the suspects since the Anti-Corruption Court was sitting

EACC Western Regional Manager Ignatius Wekesa said the six will now be charged on Thursday when the court resumes from the Jamhuri Day break.

“The court was not sitting today and tomorrow is a holiday so we have freed them.

‘‘They will be arraigned on Thursday,” Me Wekesa said. The suspects are Willy Kipkoech Kosgey (silo manager, Kisumu) Renson Kibet Korir (silo manager, Eldoret), and Thomas Kipkurgat Sang, the Soi Ward extension officer.

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Others are Kisumu Deputy Silo Manager Jeremiah Omutsani Omwayi, Laban Momanyi Michira (a cashier at the National Cereals and Produce Board in Kisumu), David Bargetuny Korir (an assistant chief), and trader Rodney Kimutai.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, EACC chief executive Halakhe Waqo said the commission has been investigating allegations of fraudulent acquisition of public funds at the board.

Mr Waqo said the commission wrapped up its investigations and forwarded the file to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions who concurred with their recommendations and ordered the arrest of the suspects.

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