Kenya Ports Authority Officials Face Graft Charges in Court

In a significant development, nine individuals, including former and current officials of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), found themselves facing charges of corruption before the Mombasa Magistrate Court on Wednesday. The accusations stem from their alleged involvement in a dubious 62 million shillings tender between April 2, 2014, and June 2, 2015.

The charges brought against the accused encompass a range of offenses, with the individuals facing six counts of corruption, including fraudulent acquisition of public property, conflict of interest, money laundering, obtaining a contract from a public institution through false pretenses, forgery, and uttering false documents.

Investigations conducted into the matter revealed that the suspects orchestrated a fraudulent scheme aimed at embezzling public funds through a tender awarded to a company associated with them. Shockingly, the accused reportedly utilized a disability card, falsely claiming it to be legitimate and issued by the National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Among the charged individuals are notable figures within the KPA hierarchy. Yobesh Oyaro, the former Head of Procurement and Supplies at KPA, is among those facing the corruption allegations. Additionally, members of the evaluation committee at KPA, namely David Angwenyi, Norah Mugambi, Athanase Wambari, and David Arika, have been implicated in the scandal involving a 62 million shillings tender intended for disadvantaged groups.

The list of accused individuals extends beyond KPA officials to include Robert Bosuben, a Senior Clerical Officer at the Civil Engineering Department at KPA. Furthermore, three agents from a private entity, namely Azenath Kwamboka Mageto, Rose Cherotich, and Idd Arube Nanyang, are also named in connection with the corruption charges.

During the court proceedings before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Alex Ithuku, all the accused parties vehemently denied the charges leveled against them. The gravity of the charges, spanning fraudulent acquisition, conflict of interest, money laundering, false pretenses, forgery, and uttering false documents, underscores the severity of the alleged corruption scheme.

The case brings renewed attention to issues of corruption within public institutions, particularly within the critical infrastructure of the Kenya Ports Authority. The accused individuals now face legal scrutiny and the prospect of a thorough trial to determine their culpability in the alleged embezzlement of public funds through deceptive means.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the public will be closely watching to see how the case progresses and whether it sheds light on broader systemic issues or serves as a deterrent to corruption within Kenya’s public sector. The charges against these KPA officials highlight the ongoing efforts to combat corruption and ensure accountability within key government entities.


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