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EACC employees charged with receiving bribes

by Monrose Murugi
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The 2 former EACC employees in a court in Nairobi (Photo/Courtesy)

Two former Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission employees have been charged with receiving bribes. The two employees were charged before the Anti-corruption magistrate’s court on Thursday for receiving bribes from a police officer who was being investigated. The EACC investigator and his driver were charged with three counts of receiving bribe from a traffic police officer.

“Two former employees of EACC have today been charged before the Anti-Corruption Magistrate’s Court in Nairobi for seeking and receiving bribes from a police officer under investigations,” the EACC tweeted.

Richard Pkemei Topila and Kipyegon Koskei had solicited a bribe of Ksh110, 120 from police officer George Manyala. They demanded payment in order to help him terminate a bribery investigation against him and other traffic officers attached to Kingeero Police Station. Subsequently, they were fired from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission after the crime was discovered.

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“They were charged with requesting and receiving a bribe of Kshs 110, 120. The two were dismissed from EACC Kenya in June 2019 after investigations established that they engaged in corruption,” the EACC said on its official social media page.

The investigations established they had engaged in bribery. However, the suspects refuted those claims and were released on bond.

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“They denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Hon. Douglas Ogoti who released each of them on cash bail of Kshs. 150, 000 with a surety of the same amount,” the Anti-Corruption Commission said.

The court directed the immigration director to ensure the suspects do not leave the jurisdiction of the court. The anti-graft body is involved in fighting corruption in Kenya. It actively brings to justice those people involved in corruption in Kenya.

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