The Homa Bay law court has finally sentenced five former county officials after they were on Monday convicted over misappropriation of over 27 million shillings.
Having been charged in 2018 by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption, the five, Bob Otieno Kephas (former county clerk), Caroline Chepkemoi Sang (principal finance officer), Maurice Odiwuor Amek (principal accountant), Michael Owino Ooro (former majority leader) and Isaac Ouso Nyandege (former minority leader) will have to pay up to 59,044,550 shillings or serve jail term at the Homa Bay G.K prisons.
The principal magistrate Thomas Obutu, ordered that the first accused, Bob Kephas pay a fine of 10.3 million shillings or serve 6 years in prison, Sang and Amek will have to pay fines of 16,124,275 shillings or serve 6 years in prison each, and the former majority leader Ooro was fined 8,996,000 shillings or serve 6 years while Nyandege who had been contesting for the Homa Bay town East ward, will have to pay a fine of 7.5 million shillings or serve five years.
He further added that the accused persons would be barred from appointment to any public office or contesting for any political position for 10 years.
The five had earlier this week appeared before magistrate Obutu and had been found guilty of nine counts of conspiracy to commit an offense of corruption, unlawful acquisition of public property, abuse of office, and fraudulent payment from public revenue for services not rendered.
The case that involved 31 witnesses proved that Kephas had unlawfully acquired over 4 million shillings from the county assembly, Sang had acquired 7.2 million shillings, Amek, Ooro, and Nyandege were convicted for unlawfully acquiring 7.3 million, 4.2 million, and 3.5 million shillings respectively.
The former officials have 14 days to appeal Obutu’s ruling.