Huduma centre employee to serve two years in jail for demanding bribe to issue Birth certificate

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,24TH MAY 2018-A clerk working  with huduma centre will serve two years jail term  after demanding for a bribe before issuing of a birth certificate.Justina Malela   was sentenced  on Thursday for receiving  a Sh2,500 bribe while working at a Huduma Centre in Kibera  from Naomi Musyoka.

The court also  fined  her Sh500,000.The court was told that  the bribe she took way back in  2016 was  to facilitate the processing of a birth certificate.The single mother of two had pleaded with the court for leniency asking for a non-custodial sentence.

In her mitigation, she told the Anti-corruption court chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti that she was remorseful and regretted ever demanding for the bribe.The court could not hear of it.

Ogoti said the prosecution had, beyond reasonable doubt, proved the case against the ex-civil servant at the Ministry of Interior.

Justina Malela at the Anti-Corruption Court on Thursday, May 24, 2018-COURTESY.

The 26 year old Naomi,  testified that she wanted a birth certificate for her nephew Wayne Musyoka Maria. She did not know how to go about it so she enquired from a friend known as Bernard Lutta.

A children officer who works with a community-based NGO called Lutta introduced her to Malela.

Chronology

On September 8, 2016, she contacted the woman to inquire about the birth certificate.

To the applicant’s shock, Malela said she could only assist if she was given Sh3,000.

The two women negotiated the amount and settled on Sh2,500 which was sent by Mpesa the same day.

Malela, who worked as a clerical officer 11, promised to give out the certificate later that evening while Naomi’s son details were to be send through WhatsApp.However immediatekly she received the cash things terned out worse for Naomi who told the court that Maleka became too busy for her and she could not reach her even on her phone  since her calls went unanswered.

After a week, a furious  Naomi decided to storm into her office to demand her money back. It is then that she asked for Malela at the reception but still, the woman refused to see or talk to her.

Naomi caused a scene and was advised to report the incident at Integrity Centre a move that enabled investigations to be commenced  leading to Naomi’s arrest.

 

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