Eight directors of companies implicated in fraudulent acquisition of Kenya Power and Lighting Company(KPLC) funds through the supply of substandard transformers have been charged in a Nairobi court.
The accused persons, Catherine Mwangi, Susan Kamau, Petty Kigwe, Alice Wanjiku, Samuel Gachini, Charles Muthui, Esther Nyambura Hillary Njaramba and their companies appeared before Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi where they denied Multiple charges of graft.
Their companies include Millous Enterprises Company, Kazimix Enterprises, Petsus Investments, Jake Building and Constructions Ltd, Wachema Investments, Touchline Electricals, Mint Ventures and Appenco Holding Ltd.
According to the charge sheet, the Director of Millous Enterprises Limited Catherine Mwangi fraudulently obtained Sh 1,413,492 of public funds from KPLC having been irregularly prequalified for Labour and Transport services.
Charles Muthui and Samuel Gichini who are alleged to be directors of Appenco Enterprises were accused of fraudulently receiving Sh 231,107 from Kenya Power whereas Francis Thuku and Petty Wanjiku from Mint Ventures are said to have pocketed Sh 1,702,208.
The court further heard that Hillary Njaramba of Touchline Investments received Sh 8,333,933 while Alice Wanjiku of Wachema Limited received Sh 623,960.
Catherine Wambui of Kazimix Limited was also accused of fraudulently receiving Sh 1,413,492, Susan Wanjiru of Ptesus Limited allegedly received Sh 112,483 and Jane Kingori of Jake Building and Construction is said to have received Sh 623,960 from KPLC.
In addition, the prosecution sought for a warrant of arrest against twelve other accused persons who are still at large and can not be traced as they have gone into hiding and switched off their phones.
The accused persons have been released on different cash bail terms ranging from Sh 400,000 to Sh 800,000. The case will be heard on 8th August 2018.