Okungu charged with graft

February 11, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – Former Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) Managing Director George Okungu has been charged with corruption, over the irregular sale of company houses worth more than Sh60 million.

Mr Okungu who appeared before the Anti Corruption court, denied the charges and was granted a Sh1 million cash bail or an alternative cash bail of Sh2 million with a surety of similar amount. He is accused alongside KPC Company Secretary Mary Kiptui.

They were jointly charged with five counts of neglect of duty and failure to comply with guidelines. Ms Kiptui who was not in court and is said to be ill was also accused of two counts of abuse of office.

Nairobi Chief Magistrate Cecilia Githua has slated Okungu’s case for mention next Tuesday, and his co-accused will be required to appear in court on the same day.

They are both accused of disregarding the law in the sale of public property, disposing of KPC houses in October 2006 without first seeking the authority of the Energy Permanent Secretary.

Mr Okungu was sent on forced leave from KPC last month following revelations that the corporation colluded with Triton Petroleum to release fuel worth billion of shillings, without proper authority from financiers.
The duo is accused of the offence which they allegedly committed on or about October 6, 2006 at KPC’s headquarters at Kenpipe Plaza, Industrial Area.


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