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'Mara Heist': Lobby groups condemn Sankale’s sacking, call for reinstatement

Sankale was the Chief Finance Officer at Maasai Mara University.

In Summary

• Sankale was the Chief Finance Officer at Maasai Mara University who exposed the graft in the institution in 2019.

• The groups said Sankale’s dismissal is an attempt to interfere with a state witness in an ongoing legal case.

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, Amnesty International Kenya and Transparency International Kenya have called for the immediate reinstatement of CPA Spencer Sankale Ololchike after he was dismissed by the Maasai Mara University.

Sankale was the Chief Finance Officer at Maasai Mara University who exposed the graft in the institution in 2019.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday, the lobby groups condemned Sankale’s dismissal by the university council.

"The Maasai Mara University Council, Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Onyango Kiche Magak and the University Management appear to continue the process of intimidation and interference of a key state witness in the ongoing Mara Heist case before the High Court," the lobby groups said.

"We call on you as the University Council to immediately and unconditionally reinstate Spencer Sankale Ololchike."

The group said Sankale’s dismissal is an attempt to interfere with a state witness in an ongoing legal case.

"It is worrying that this should be happening as a draft internal audit indicates fresh allegations of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by Council members and management," they said.

Chairman FCPA, George Mokua, CEO ICPAK, CPA Edwin Makori, CPA, Spencer Sankale and Amnesty International Kenya chairperson Reen Ngamau, June 22, 2021.
Chairman FCPA, George Mokua, CEO ICPAK, CPA Edwin Makori, CPA, Spencer Sankale and Amnesty International Kenya chairperson Reen Ngamau, June 22, 2021.
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"We call on the Ministry of Education to probe further, and should the allegations be proven true, strongly consider immediately disbanding the University Council based on their incompetence in the implementation of their oversight mandate," the lobby groups said.

This comes a few days after Sankale Ololchike, famed for whistleblowing on the graft at the institution through the 'Mara Heist' exposé on Citizen TV, was sacked.

A letter seen by the Star said Sankale was sacked for sustained insolence to his employer.

Other charges include; Sustained cyberbullying, malicious misrepresentation of his employer, libel and defamation falsely maligning the image and reputation of the university.

Others include; Sustained disregard of university standards and procedures, sustained incitement of university staff, and the public against his employer, gross insubordination and failure to act in the best interest of the university.

The expose showed how the then University Vice-Chancellor Mary Walingo was at the centre of an alleged scandal that saw the institution lose millions of shillings.