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President Ruto pardons former KEMRI boss jailed for 6 years

President William Ruto has pardoned former Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Director Davy Koech, who was sentenced to a six years jail terms for fraudulently obtaining Ksh19.3 million.

According a gazette notice dated July 21, Koech was among 37 individuals pardoned by the President under the Power of Mercy Act 2011 upon the recommendation of the Advisory Committee.

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At the same time, the President has commuted death sentences imposed on capital offenders before 21st November, 2022 to life imprisonment.

Koech was convicted after being found guilty of three counts related to the fraudulent acquisition of public property and was fined Ksh19.6 million or alternatively serve six years in jail.

He had been charged that on August 17, 2006, in Nairobi, he fraudulently acquired Sh800,000 the property of KEMRI.

He was also charged with acquiring  Ksh6 million and another Kshh12.5 million from the research institution.

Court documents indicated that he used his office to corruptly confer to himself monies held in the account of Vector Biological and Control Research (VBCR).

He was accused of transferring Ksh19.3 million from the institution’s bank accounts to his personal accounts when he was the Managing Director. The funds had been allocated to the Center for Disease Control, Kisumu.

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