Former Kitui County Secretary charged with graft


EACC detectives on Thursday arraigned former interim Kitui County Secretary Fredrick Muli in a Kitui Court to face five counts of irregular procurement of two government vehicles.


Muli, who is the current Gatundu North Deputy County Commissioner, was charged alongside then Head of Supply Chain Management Gibson Njamura Kanyi.


Appearing before Kitui Principal Magistrate Johnston Munguti, the duo denied charges of flouting public procurement laws during purchase of the two senior staff vehicles – Nissan Pathfinder registration numbers KBU 910T and KBU 954T.


The two further denied charges of procuring the said vehicles without approval of total the tender committee and without due annual procurement plan, prior planning or relevant inspection and acceptance certificate.


They allegedly committed the economic crime on August 27, 2013 during transition from the defunct county council, the court heard.


Lawyer Brian Macharia stood for the two accused persons.


The court ruled that the immediate former Kitui Health Chief Officer and Mr. Kanyi be released on a bond of Sh.1 Million and Sh.800,000 respectively.


Each was also ordered to place two sureties of amounts similar to their respective bond terms.


The case will be mentioned on August 2 for pretrial hearing.

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