Government employees have now agreed to repay Ksh17 million reportedly stolen under their watch.
Employees from the county government of Bungoma on Wednesday, February 2, agreed to repay the money in exchange for their freedom.
The twelve public servants were caught up in the graft case and are now expected to equally contribute to repaying the money back to the county government to guarantee their freedom.
A file image of EACC boss Twalib Mbarak and DPP Noordin Haji having a conversation.
The total amount they will be expected to pay has however increased to Ksh25.6 million that is including the six per cent interest accrued since the time the money was reportedly misappropriated back in 2014.
This is part of the deal struck between the government employees and the Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to avoid being imprisoned.
EACC who agreed to their deal stated in its application to have the settlement officially recorded and adopted by the court. Through their lawyer Olga Ochola, the anti-graft agency noted that the decision was arrived following a series of meetings with the officials.
The employees agreed to repay the money based on the evidence that was presented in court regarding the case in order to clear their names.
“The employees admitted liability that they were paid the amounts for training which were never held. They have agreed to refund Sh17,358,000 as benefits they illegally received for which the commission also agreed not to take action against them,” stated Ochola.
Once all the money is repaid, the employees will be allowed to walk escort free with no further charges levelled against them.
This settlement comes even as the court tightens the noose by imposing heavy punishments on those convicted of economic crimes.
On Tuesday, February 1, a former Water Resources Authority (WRA) Finance Manager, James Ambuso was sentenced to 24 years in prison. The court offered him an alternative fine of Ksh7.6 million.
That came a day after Former National Social Security Fund (NSSF) investment manager Francis Moturi was sentenced to 14 years in prison after he was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud taxpayers billions of shillings.
Through a judgement delivered by Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi on Monday January 31, the former investment boss was given an option of paying Ksh2.6 billion fine in lieu of the jail term.
An image representation of a man in handcuffs behind bars