Two prosecutors nabbed in Kisumu receiving Sh15,000 bribe

September 2, 2015 7:27 am
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The detectives drawn from the EACC's Kisumu office and the Nairobi headquarters nabbed the two as they allegedly received a Sh15,000 bribe from a complainant to reinstate a case/FILE
The detectives drawn from the EACC’s Kisumu office and the Nairobi headquarters nabbed the two as they allegedly received a Sh15,000 bribe from a complainant to reinstate a case/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 1 – Two State Counsel based in the Kisumu office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives on Tuesday.

The detectives drawn from the EACC’s Kisumu office and the Nairobi headquarters nabbed the two as they allegedly received a Sh15,000 bribe from a complainant to reinstate a case.

Herbert Sonye Okumu and Jared Kipyegon Ruto are therefore facing charges of corruptly soliciting and receiving a benefit from one Henry Omolo thereby abusing the public offices they hold.

EACC spokesman Yassin Juma told Capital FM News that the prosecutors received the bribe in exchange for reinstating a case which police had recommended be dismissed.

He said the suspects will likely be arraigned on September 9.

The integrity of officers attached to the DPP’s office and the EACC was most prominently questioned following the release of the infamous #ListofShame.

READ: 5 Cabinet Secretaries, 12 Governors in EACC graft list

There were those who accused the public officers of using the cases to extort money from those under investigation or to push the agenda of ‘detractors.’

READ: Absence of EACC bosses may frustrate cases – Senators

In response the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko called on those with complaints and evidence to substantiate them to make them formally.

READ: Tobiko decries interference by ‘big fish’

He also said each of the case files forwarded to his office by the investigating authorities is evaluated on the merits of evidence collected and not on political considerations.

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