April 30th 2017

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Trans Nzoia residents cheer as 23 MCAs charged for corruption

The charge sheet says the body the MCAs were supposedly to receive in Nairobi had already been transported to Kitale by the time they received the imprest.

By Nyambura Muthoninmuthoni@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 13 Feb 2017 16:47 EAT

Twenty three MCAs from Trans Nzioa County have been arraigned in an Eldoret court charged abuse of office and misuse of public funds. The MCAs denied the charges and were each released on a Sh150,000 bail or Sh200,000 bond. They are accused of taking Sh47,000 as imprest to facilitate their trip to Nairobi to receive the body of their colleague Ronald Matongolo in 2014.

The charge sheet says the body the MCAs were supposedly to receive in Nairobi had already been transported to Kitale by the time they received the imprest. Only 23 out of the 41 MCAs took their plea this morning, with the remaining 19 being subpoenaed to appear before the court on Wednesday where they will take their plea. The court will take the date of the hearing of the case on Wednesday.

Among those still at large are the Speaker David Sifuna and Clerk Ainea Indakwa and some MCAs are at large and are being pursued by the officers. The Prosecution told the court that some of the suspects have fled to neighboring country but promised the hunt to bring them back was at an advanced stage. "Communication show that some of the suspects were are looking for are in Uganda and some in Nairobi but we are going to ensure we arrest them," said the prosecutor.

The prosecution of the leaders was received with celebration in Kitale Town and the region, with residents saying the corruption in the Trans Nzoia county government had gone off limits. An aspiring MCA said the EACC should extend its dragnet to the executive branch, saying that some junior officials in the county "had acquired fabulous wealth" in the last four years due to corruption.

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