EX IEBC chief electoral officer James Oswango has been arraigned in court and charged with failing to comply with procurement law and receiving money in order to induce IEBC to award a contract for printing of OMR CORRECTION forms and supply of 57000 ballot papers for south Mugirango by-elections to Smith and Ouzman Ltd in contravention of regulation 10(2)(C) OF THE PUBLIC Procurement and Disposal Regulations.
Oswago was charged alongside a lady known to him by the name Hamida Ali Kibwana and Trevy James Oyombra who is an agent od Smith and Ouzman Limited
Oyombra was charged with 9 counts among them soliciting and receiving money from the said company in order to induce IEBC to award it contracts for printing voter identification forms, printing, and supply of assorted electoral material and printing of OMR corrections forms
Oswago was charged with a second count of receiving 2 million shillings from Hamida Ali Kibwana as an inducement to have the IEBC to award a contract for the printing of OMR corrections forms to Smith and Ouzman Limited.
Kibwana was charged with one count of receiving 2.2 million from Oyombra on behalf of Oswago in order to induce IEBC to award a contract for the printing of OMR correction forms to Smith And Ouzman Company
The three denied all charges before anti-corruption chief magistrate Lawrence Mugambi
Oswego and kibwana were released on a cash bail of six hundred thousand while Oyumbra was released on a cash bail of one million
The matter will be mentioned on 1st March for further directions
Oswago’s plea to have the court release him on personal bond was rejected by the prosecution. The prosecution argued that Oswago faces a serious offence and he should be released on bail.
Oswago through his lawyer further complained to the court saying that the prosecution is unfair to him since he faces similar counts.
Osawngo and Oyombra were arrested this morning in their Nairobi homes by EACC officials. The EACC said it found evidence of criminal culpability on the part of the four persons in its report to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko who agreed with the recommendations.