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Ex-KEMRI boss Davy Koech slapped with 6-year jail term or pay fine of KSh20 million

In Summary

  • Former KEMRI Managing Director Davy Kiprotich Koech, 70, has been convicted of corruption related charges.
  • He has the option of paying up KSh19.6 million or serve 6 years in prison.

Former Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) boss Prof. Davy Kiprotich Koech was on Wednesday convicted of corruption-related charges.

Koech, 70, was found guilty of fraudulently acquiring public property and was fined KSh19.6 million, or serve six years in prison.

While delivering his ruling, Senior Principal Magistrate Victor Wakumile said that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that Koech committed the offence.

Koech was accused of transferring KSh19.3 million from KEMRI’s bank accounts to his personal accounts when he was MD to finance his children’s education abroad.

The funds, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says, had been allocated to the Center for Disease Control in Kisumu.

The DPP, however, is not satisfied with the sentence and will be seeking enhancement of the same at the High Court.

Koech refutes DPP’s conviction ‘claims’

Koech has since expressed his displeasure, claiming that he never stole the said money.

“Ignore fake news spreading around that I’ve been arrested. The figure of 19.3 million that I am accused of stealing from KEMRI in 2006 was an administrative oversight that was corrected when it was returned years ago & with interest. Why the punishment? ASANTE YA PUNDA NI TEKE!” he tweeted.

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