NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 29 – Former Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Shollei and seven other officials have been charged with the offence of abuse office contrary to the anti- corruption and economic crimes Act of 2003.
Shollei was however, absent as the court was informed that she was out of the country for holiday and that she had not been informed about the court appearance.
The seven others are members of the contract negotiation committee who were involved in the construction of fabricated court buildings project.
Anti Corruption court Chief Magistrate Felix Kombo ordered that she presents herself in court on January 12 to take a plea.
The seven accused who included former deputy Chief Registrar Kaikai Kissinger, director of supply chain management Martin Okwata, his deputy Benedict Omollo and director of transport Nicholas Okemwa, denied the charges leveled against them.
Other accused persons are Nicholas Mbera director of ICT and deputy Finance director who also denied the charges before they were ordered to deposit a bond of Sh5 million with a similar surety or alternative cash bail of Sh300, 000.
The prosecution through Duncan Ondimu, told the court that the accused had on January 2013 being persons whose functions concerned management of public revenue willfully failed to comply with laws relating to procurement.
The court also heard that, at the same period the accused persons unilaterally increased the advance down payment from 10 per cent to 50 per cent without the approval of the tender committee.
The second accused person Kissinger pleaded to a separate charge to the effect that on February 20, 2013 he conferred a benefit on Timsales limited by authorizing 10 per cent down payment that was equivalent of Sh150 million for the construction of the pre-fabricated court buildings in Tawa, Mavoko and Garsen without the authority of the tender committee.
The case will be mentioned on January 12 when Shollei will plead to the criminal charges. No hearing date was set.