Chania Girls High School Principal Monica Nduku Kimei has been charged in court over an illegal deal of procuring computers and accessories worth Ksh. 403, 100 made four years ago.
Kimei and her co-accused Robert Mwangi, Shadrack Keli (the school computer studies teacher) and Monica Wangeci (the school Bursar) were arraigned at the Thika law courts for violating procurement laws in the purchase of the computers and computer accessories.
The four suspects who were arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officers yesterday, Tuesday 7th 2020, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate J. Nang’ea today.
Madam Kimei faced two counts of failing to comply with the law relating to procurement and forgery.
In the first count, the school head was charged that between February 5 and May 9, 2019 at the school located in Thika town, being the school principal and the accounting officer, willfully failed to issue the notice of termination to the bidders who had submitted bids in respect of tender CGHS/19.2016 for supply of computer accessories.
Nduku in the count flouted sections 27 and 36(2) of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act (PPDA) 2005.
In the second count, Nduku was charged that on or about February 30, 2016 forged minutes of a procurement meeting held on November 24, 2015, with intent to influence the procurement process of computers and accessories in the school, purporting to be the genuine minutes of the said procurement meeting.
The second accused, Robert Mwangi was charged with three counts of corruptly giving a benefit contrary to section 39 (3) (b) as read with section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act.
The prosecution told the court that on May 14, 2016 within Kiambu County Mwangi corruptly gave the fourth accused (Monica Wangeci) a benefit of sh 5,200 as a reward for facilitating payment of computers and computer accessories worth sh 403,100 delivered to the school.
Mwangi was also charged with corruptly giving benefits of sh 5000 and sh 3,100 to the school computer science teacher, Shadrack Keli, on July 21 and August 11, 2016 respectively.
Monica Wangeci, the school bursar, was charged with corruptly receiving a benefit. She received sh 5,200 on May 14, 2016 from Robert Mwangi (the second accused).
Shadrack Keli faced two counts of corruptly receiving a benefit. He received benefits of sh 5000 and sh 3,100 on July 21 and August 11, 2016 from Robert Mwangi as a reward for facilitating payment of the computers and accessories that were delivered to the school.
The four denied the charges. Justice Nang’ea released Nduku, Mwangi and Keli on a sh 300,000 bond each with a surety of a similar amount or a sh 200,000 cash bail each. Wangeci was released on a sh 200,000 bond or a sh 100,000 cash bail.
The court will give directions of the case when it will be mentioned on 21st of July 2020.