Nairobi County Chief of Staff George Wainaina Njogu Secretary Rosaline Oluoch before Nairobi Anti-Corruption court where she’s facing grafts charges against her on Friday January 8, 2016.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Nairobi County Chief of Staff and His Secretary are facing 10 years imprisonment or a fine of 1milion if prosecution proves charges labeled against them.
They are accused of bribing Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko to stop documenting how the said senior officer’s are constructing private and development houses using public fund.
Its alleged that George Wainaina Njogu and Rosaline Oluoch on 6 January at County Chief of Staff Office at City Hall being employed by a public body as Chief of Staff and Secretary respectively, jointly conspired to commit an offence of corruption by offering Kshs ,1.000,000 to Hon Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko, as an inducement for him not to pursue the matter where he had invited the media to accompany him in documenting how the said senior officer’s are constructing private and development houses using public fund., a matter relating to the affair’s of the said public body.
Rosaline Oluoch who is Wainana Secretary is facing another count of being found in possession of Kshs.500, 000 that had reason to believe had been acquired by the said Rosaline Oluoch as a result of corrupt conduct, held or accused the said property to be used.
He denied the two counts and she was released on a cash bail of Sh500, 000 or the alternative surety bond of Sh1.5 million.
However, Nairobi County Chief of Staff George Wainaina failed to appear in court to face graft charges.
His lawyer Cliff Ombetta told the court that Wainaina was taken ill and is admitted to the Karen Hospital.
He asked the court to allow Wainaina to plead to the charges a later date and he was directed to appear in court after 7 days and if he fails court will issue warrant of arrest against him.
Wainaina is facing tree count alone,he is being accused on January 5, 2016 at Kenyatta International Conference Center at Senator Hon Mike Sonko office being a person employed by a public body by Nairobi County Government as Chief OF Staff corruptly offered benefit of Kshs,1,000,000 to senator Mike Sonko as an inducement for him to stop pursuing the matter where where he had invited the media to accompany him in documenting how the said senior officer’s are constructing private and development houses using public fund, a matter relating to the affair’s of the said public body.
The prosecution wanted the court to issue a warrant for his arrest but it was ruled that he was not obliged to appear in court and was only required to report to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission offices on Friday morning.
Nairobi City County Chief of Staff George Wainaina was arrested on Wednesday night by officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
The officers had first raided his office at City Hall but did not find him. They took away crucial documents and asked his secretary to accompany them.
Nairobi County Government Chief of Staff George Wainaina and his secretary Roseline Olouch have been released on a Sh200, 000 cash bail.
In a statement read by Deputy Director Corporate Communications Kairichi Marimba, EACC deputy CEO Michael Mubea says the bribe was an inducement to the Senator to have a suit he filed over the Loresho land owned by Nairobi water and Sewerage Company dropped.
“The commission wishes to confirm that the Chief of Staff at the Nairobi County Government and his secretary were yesterday arrested and booked at EACC headquarters police station for investigations,” he said.
The land was recently repossessed from a private developer, who had already started construction just a few metrers from the reservoir that serves the Nairobi populace with clean water.
The Loresho plot LR NAIROVI/BLOCK 90/599 is owned by Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company.
EACC detectives want to establish why the two county officials wanted the suit by Sonko against the private developer dropped.
The case will be mentioned on January 15, 2016.