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Witness in Sh26.1m graft case faults bank

BUSINESS
By Faith Karanja | February 11th 2020
By Faith Karanja | February 11th 2020
BUSINESS

A witness in a case where senior officials in Wajir County are accused of illegally withdrawing Sh26.1 million from the county accounts yesterday said there was a meeting at the bank prior to the withdrawal.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission's (EACC) investigating officer Steve Wanyama told Chief Magistrate Teresia Murigi that the bank failed to stop the county’s decision.

“There was a meeting on October 9, 2018 at the bank between Jeff Mworia (acting county public service head), Sayid Ibrahim (Kenya Commercial Bank branch manager) and Fatuma (bank operations manager),” said Wanyama.

Wanyama, who was being cross-examined by the defence lawyers, said the cheques ought not to have been processed because they did not have signatories.

He added that the cheques were received by Ibrahim, noting that an overdraft was applied for and granted.

The investigator said he did not go through phone records to determine whether there was communication between county officials and the bank, but a complaint was later raised by the EACC.

He said Ms Fatuma had declined to process the cheques because only one person had signed.

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