War on graft:Court grants Maasai Mara University Vice Chancellor Mary Walingo and her co-accused ksh 20 million bond

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,26TH AUG 2020-Maasai Mara University Vice Chancellor Mary Walingo and four other suspects have been  granted Sh20 million bond each with surety of similar amount in a case over misappropriation of Sh177 million.

They were given the alternative of raising Sh10 million bail to secure their release.

DPP Noordin Haji had on Monday given the go a head for the prosecution of Walingo and four others.

Walingo and her alleged accessories are accused of irregularly withdrawing cash from the institution’s accounts for personal use between 2016 and 2019.

“I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to support various charges under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act against the accused,” Haji said in a statement on Monday.

According to the DPP, investigations by the DCI confirmed unjustifiable withdrawals amounting to Sh177 million belonging to the University.

“Analysis of the evidence obtained indicates that monies withdrawn by authorized finance officers at the University would be irregularly delivered to the Vise Chancellor through her proxies,” Haji said.

Other suspects include the school’s Deputy VC of Finance and Planning Simon Kasine, Deputy VC of Academics John Almadi, Finance officer Anaclet Okumu and the VC’s driver Noor Hassan Abdi.

In September 2019, an expose by a local tv station dubbed “Mara Heist” put to light the systematic the ‘systematic’ embezzlement by university officials.

The expose stirred up public reactions with varsity unions demanding the VC to step aside for investigations.

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