NYERI, Kenya, Oct 11 – A former Nyeri Agriculture County Executive and serving chief officer were Tuesday charged in court with corruption and abuse of office.
Shadrack Mubea, former Agriculture and Fisheries Executive and Chief Officer David Nyaga were charged with irregularly conferring a benefit of Sh30. 8 million to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Enterprises (JKUATES) to conduct audits and review of coffee societies in the county.
Following their arrest on Monday afternoon, Ethics and Anti-Corruption (EACC) officials had indicated that the county officials were under probe for the loss of Sh3.9 million.
They appeared before Nyeri Principal Magistrate Philip Wambua where they denied any involvement in corruption and abuse of office.
They were accused of irregularly conferring a benefit of Sh30.8 million to JKUATES during the 2014/15 financial year.
Wambua granted them each a bond of Sh5 million with a similar surety or Sh1 million cash bail.
The case will be mentioned on October 25 while hearing was set for November 29 before Chief Magistrate John Onyiego.
The two were taken to King’ong’o Maximum Prison after they failed to immediately raise the bail.
The charges come barely three weeks after three other executives were jailed for three years or pay a fine of Sh7.9million over graft.