, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 12 – Beleaguered former Chief Registrar Gladys Shollei has denied charges of abuse of office and failure to comply with the law relating to procurement in the issuance of a contract for the construction of the Mavoko Law Courts.
She was freed on a cash bail of Sh300,000 or a Sh1 million bond with a similar surety when she appeared before Nairobi Anti-Corruption Magistrate Felix Kombo.
The offences were allegedly committed on January 17, 2013 jointly with others not before court.
Shollei is accused of committing offences relating to the loss of over Sh18 million from the Judiciary together with seven others.
She is accused of awarding Timsales Ltd a tender for the construction of Runyenjes and Mavoko Court stations without following procurement laws.
Those arraigned in court are former Deputy Chief Registrar Kakai Kissinger, Martin Otieno Okwata (former Director Supply Chain Management), Benedict Abonyo Omollo (former Director of Finance) and tender committee members Wycliffe Wanga Ombunde, Nicholas Muturi Okemwa, Nicholas Mbeba and Thomas Oloo Atak.
They are accused of increasing the advance down payment for the construction of court buildings from 10 to 50 percent without the approval of the tender committee.
Shollei has since moved to the High Court to protest the decision by the DPP to charge her piecemeal, claiming it amounts to persecution.
According to Shollei it is only fair that all charges, which arise from her tenure as the CRJ be conclusively investigated, consolidated and prosecuted holistically.
“Piecemeal investigations and prosecutions will inevitably deprive her of a fair hearing and will only serve to prejudice her, deflate her train of defence and embarrass her.” he lawyer argues.