Former IEBC C.E.O James Oswago, Trevy Oyombra charged in Chickengate scandal

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Former IEBC C.E.O James Oswago/FILE PHOTO

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI, 8TH FEB 2017 – Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chief Executive Officer James Oswago and  Trevy Oyombra who is  alleged to be the main mastermind of  the Chickengate scandal were on Wednesday charged in court  over   their involvement in the biggest corruption scandal to ever hit the electoral body.They  have however been released on a Sh1 million bond each after they denied the charges  .The two were asked to pay an alternative cash bail of Sh600,000 each.They were arrested alongside Hamida Ali Kibwana who was given a cash bail of Sh1 million with an alternative bond of Sh1.5 million.They all denied accusations that they infringed procurement laws by awarding a printing contract for 57,0000 ballot papers to UK-based firm, Smith and Ouzman.They are accused of corruption in printing contracts for materials for the last General Election where prices were inflated by huge amounts for kick backs.The anti-graft body had exonerated former IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan from corruption allegations in the Chickengate scandal.A British government report sent to the Attorney-General had named commissioners and tender committee members who allegedly received money from Smith and Ouzman to help the firm win a ballot paper printing tender.The documents filed in the UK paint Oswago as having worked closely with Oyombra to inflate prices.According to the UK investigators, Oyombra was a central player in delivering ‘chicken’ to the other accused by virtue of being S&O’s agent in Kenya.

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