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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Disbelief as Nyamira embezzlers back at work

Three senior employees of Nyamira county assembly suspended a year ago for being implicated  in a Sh30 million financial  scandal meant for a medical insurance cover for the MCAs and members of their families have all been reinstated.
The trio Duke Onyari who was then acting clerk, Nehemiah Nyakundi, principal chief finance officer and Peninah Kerama, senior clerk,were returned without any charges preferred against them.
The Sh30 million scam, resulted to the then county assembly speaker Peter Kongoina being impeached and the leader of the majority, Beautah Omanga being stripped his position.
The officers are back but they had been demoted or assigned to other departments.
Reliable sources confided that the decision to reinstate the three was arrived at during a meeting held by members of the county assembly at a Kisumu hotel.
The same source confirmed that the only penalty given to the three was to downgrade them from their previous posts and deploy them to different departments.
The assembly clerk Daniel Orina confirmed that the three were back on duty after investigators failed to prove that they have a case to answer in connection with the Sh30 million.
Members of the public led by Douglas Orutwa accused the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission officers of protecting the embezzlers after allegedly being compromised.
Orutwa demanded that the officers who were investigation the matter be arrested and prosecuted as the money in question was public funds.