FIVE CHARGED FOR ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN 5.6 BILLION-SHILLING KENYAN MAIZE PURCHASE SCAM

NAIROBI– Five people, including a mother and two daughters, have been charged at the Milimani Anti-Corruption Court here for alleged involvement in a 5.6 billion shillings (about 55.6 million US dollars) maize scam.

Victoria Jebet, 60, and her two daughters, Celestine Chepchirchir and Caroline Chepchumba, were arraigned before Magistrate Felix Kombo Tuesday for allegedly receiving 297 million shillings illegally.

Chepchirchir, an employee of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, is accused of illegally receiving 294 million shillings before transferring 181 million shillings to her mother. Jebet claims she procured maize from farmers who had lined up for several days at National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) grain silos but their produce had not been purchased.

Chepchumba, a trader, is alleged to have received three million shillings following the sale of the maize.

Two other suspects, Joseph Kipruto and Willie Sang, both NCPB employees, were charged with separate counts. Kipruto is a director of agriculture in Uasin Gishu County and is accused of failing to vet farmers prior to the purchase of maize. The same charges apply to Sang, a ward officer at Kimumu, Uasin Gishu County.

Kipruto and Sang were each released on 150,000 shillings cash bail while Chepchirchir was released on a two million shillings cash bail and a surety of a similar amount.

Her mother was ordered to pay a 2.5 million shillings bail and her sister was released on 1.5 million shillings cash bail.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK