NMS official arrested for demanding bribe from a citizen

Daniel Omido, a health administrative officer at the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS). [File] 

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has arrested one Daniel Omido, a health administrative officer at the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) for soliciting a bribe from a citizen.

According to a statement from EACC, the arrest followed a report filed two days ago.

“The arrest arose from investigations following a report that was filed with the Commission on 7th September 2022.  The complainant alleged that his company Quality Plus Laboratory and Consultancy Services was awarded a two-year food handlers examination contract by the  Nairobi City County Government under Nairobi Metropolitan Services from May 2022 to May 2024.

The purpose was to test food handlers in Hotels and eateries before issuance of certificates by the Nairobi county Government Health Department in Dagorreti North, Kasarani and Kamkunji sub-Counties,” the statement read in part.

EACC says it later proceeded to conduct an operation.

“The Commission conducted an operation and the suspect was arrested at Uchumi House Building after he corruptly received part of the demanded bribe amounting to KES. 200,000. The Commission recovered this amount for the Suspect’s shopping bag. The Suspect was escorted to EACC Integrity Centre Police Station for processing,” read the report.

According to the Commission, it is reported that the application by the handlers is done online using the NMS portal, where applicants pay Shs250.00 to KRA, while the approval is also done online by the County Staff Officers at Nyayo House, then referred to the appropriate laboratories for testing.

Daniel Omido, a senior officer at NMS is said to have demanded a bribe of Shs400,000.00 in order to approve online applications relating to testing and issuing certificates to food handlers within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area.

“Mr. Omido demanded the Shs400,000 bribe to be paid today, Monday, 12th September 2022 to facilitate approval of applications in the portal.

Following investigations, EACC has today 12th September 2022, conducted an operation which led to the arrest of the suspect while receiving part of the bribe amounting Shs200,000.” Read the report.