DCI Arrests 6 Thika Technical Training Institute Officials Over Ksh27 Million Scandal

DCI Arrests 6 Thika Technical Training Institute Officials Over Ksh27 Million Scandal

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives on Sunday arrested six officials from the Thika Technical Training Institute over graft claims.

The six who were both former and current-serving officials were accused of embezzling a sum of Ksh27 Million.

The DCI received a tip-off on the officials on July 24, 2018, and moved to investigate the matter.

According to the investigators, one more suspect remained at large after the Sunday bust.

File image of an arrested official from the Meru County land registry

The fugitive was identified as former Finance Officer at the institution, Mr Michael Gacheru, who the detectives claimed had “gone into hiding”.

DCI boss George Kinoti explained that investigators noticed a series of irregular payments spanning between 2016 and July 2018 which amounted to Ksh27,981,233.

The six officials who were taken in are former Principals Mary Mumbua Kyengo MicheniJefferson Kariuki and John Mwangi.

Also arrested are Samuel Gakumo (Former Finance Officer), Johnson Kihumba Ichugu (Internal Auditor) and Eunice Njuguna Wairimu (Thika sub-county Ministry of Education Auditor).

The DCI boss reported that the six individuals’ files had been forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) for the suspects to be arraigned in court on Monday.

Among the charges against them is neglect of official duty, making a document without authority contrary to the law, and willful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to the management of public funds.

DPP Noordin Haji (L) with DCI boss George Kinoti (R) engaged in a conversation during a past appearance in Parliament



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