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October 23, 2018

Seven officials deny stealing Sh27m from Thika Institute

The seven Thika Technical Training Institute officials Jefferson Ndichu, Mary Mumbua, John Macharia, Michael Mutugi, Samuel Thuo, Johnson Ichugu and Eunice Wairimu when they appeared before Thika Chief Magistrate Theresa Murigi on Monday.
The seven Thika Technical Training Institute officials Jefferson Ndichu, Mary Mumbua, John Macharia, Michael Mutugi, Samuel Thuo, Johnson Ichugu and Eunice Wairimu when they appeared before Thika Chief Magistrate Theresa Murigi on Monday.

Seven officials of Thika Technical Training Institute have been charged with stealing Sh27 million from the institution.

 Jefferson Ndichu, Mary Mumbua, John Macharia, Michael Mutugi, Samuel Thuo, Johnson Ichugu and Eunice Wairimu denied the charges yesterday before Thika chief magistrate Theresa Murigi. 

In the first count, Ndichu, Macharia and Mutugi were charged with stealing.

 The prosecution said between June 30 and December 30, 2016, the three, being the principal, the chairman of the board of governors and the bursar, respectively, stole Sh19.3 million. Ndichu, Mumbua and Macharia were charged with a second count of abuse of office. Prosecution said between June 30, 2016, and July 30, 2018, they allowed illegal payment of Sh26.6 million.

 The prosecution said they failed to protect public funds under their care, a duty they were bound to perform by law.

 Mutugi and Ichugu were also charged with fraudulent false accounting.

 Between June 1, 2016, and December 2016, the two altered ten cheques to defraud the institution, prosecution said.

 Ichugu and Wairimu, who were auditors at the college, were charged with making false statements between June 1, 2014, and July 30, 2018, to deceive the government.

 Mumbua was also charged with using her capacity as principal to make a false claim of Sh320,000.

 She was also charged alongside Ichugu with stealing Sh968,300 in their capacities as the principal and internal auditor respectively.

 Ndichu, Macharia and Mutugi also wrote a cheque of Sh736,500 to defraud the insitution, the court heard.

 Ndichu, Mumbua, Macharia, Thuo and Ichugu faced another charge of failing to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to management of public funds.

 They were charged with unlawfully making payments of Sh27.9 million belonging to Thika Technical Training Institute.

 Justice Murigi released the seven on a Sh3 million bond each with a similar surety amount or cash bail of Sh2 million each.

 The case will be mentioned on October 22 while the hearing was fixed for January 31, 2019.

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