Mother, daughters in court over Ksh5.6b maize scam

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A mother and two daughters alongside five other suspects have been charged at the Milimani anti-corruption court in relation to the Ksh5.6 billion maize scam.

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Victoria Jebet, 60, and her two daughters Celestine Chepchirchir and Caroline Chepchumba were arraigned before Magistrate Felix Kombo for allegedly receiving Ksh 297 million illegally.

Chepchirchir, an employee of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital is accused of illegally receiving Ksh 294 million before transferring Ksh181 million to her mother.

Jebet claims she procured maize from farmers who had lined up for several days at NCPB silos but their produce had not been taken.

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Meanwhile, Chepchumba, a trader is alleged to have received Sh3 million following the sale of the maize.

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Joseph Kipruto and Willie Sang, both NCPB employees were charged with separate counts.

Kipruto is a director of Agriculture in Uasin Gishu County and is accused of failing to vet farmers prior to the supply of maize.

Same charges apply to Sang, a ward officer at Kimumu, Uasin Gishu County.

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Kipruto and Sang were each released on Ksh150, 000 cash bail while Chepchirchir was released on a Sh 2 million cash bail and a surety of a similar amount.

Her mother was ordered to pay a Ksh2.5 million bail and her sister was released on Ksh1.5 million cash bail.

Elsewhere, police in Narok have nabbed bhang worthy 100,000 Ksh which was heading to Nairobi from Narok in a Narok safari matatu where police managed to arrest three suspects’ driver conductor and the bhang owner near Nairegia Nkare.

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Confirming the incident Narok North OCPD Joseph Kisombe said they will continue checking all vehicles which are using Narok Mai Mahiu road.

He said criminals are using a tactic of putting bhang in a bucket and put a carton on top to confuse police.

Kisombe also said that the three will be arraigned in court. He also thanks the Narok resident for their crucial information which made them succeed and more bhang will be nabbed.

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