Ex chairman NITA, two others charged over Sh 1.6M graft

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NITA accountant Isaac Symekah Gwako Okiomera and acting director general and accounting officer  Francis Mindo Gitaka before a Nairobi court where they denied graft charges. Photo/SK

Former Chairman of National Industrial Training Authority board and two other officials have been charged with unlawful acquisition of public property and abuse of office. 

Professor Thomas Ekamais Akuja, accountant Isaac Symekah Gwako Okiomera and acting director general and accounting officer  Francis Mindo Gitaka denied the charges revolving around Sh 1,681,534.

Prof.  Akuja who did not appear in court to plead to the charges is accused of unlawfully acquiring  public property to wit Sh 1,681,534 as allowance for meetings he did not attend and visits he did not make.

He is also facing two counts of knowingly giving to his principal NITA board a false documents to wit a taxi receipt no. 5987 from a motor vehicle KBQ 620B showing that he had purportedly incurred taxi expenses of Sh 3,000 from Eldoret Airport to Kenmasa hotel an act which was to the detriment of his said principal and another receipt showing that he had purportedly incurred taxi expenses of Sh 10,000 from Eldoret to Nairobi.

Okiomera is accused used his office to improperly confer himself a benefit of Sh 1,681,534 as allowance to Prof Akuja by authorizing payment of the said amount without the requisite supporting documents.

Acting DG Gitaka is accused of using his office to improperly confer a benefit of the said amount to Prof Akuja by authorizing payment for the said amount of money without the requisite supporting documents.

The three are alleged to have committed the offence between the year 2013 and 2014.

They denied the charges before Anti-corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti.

Okiomera and Gitaka were released on a bond of 500,000 or alternative cash bail of Sh 150,000.

The case will be mentioned on 29th July 2020 for pre-trial and plea taking of the former chairman.