Ex-NSSF employees fined Ksh.2.6M in bribery case that lasted 17yrs

The Milimani Anti-Corruption Court has ordered two former employees of National Social Security Fund to pay a fine of Ksh.2.6million or serve three years in prison for bribery.

Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi found them guilty of seeking and receiving a bribe of Ksh.50,000 as an inducement to stop them from following up NSSF arrears amounting to Ksh.3million owed by a company.

The case that has lasted 17 years involved Kenneth Kipkemboi Settim and Jossy Mwikali Kioko who served as NSSF enforcement inspectors at the time.

On July 26, 2002, they were charged by the then Anti-Corruption Police Unit (ATPU) now the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

According to the charge sheet, they were accused of soliciting Ksh.200,000 from Mr. Moses Keige on July 2, 2002 at Visa Place Restaurant Nairobi.

On July 24 the same year, they were further accused of receiving Ksh.50,000 at Visa Place Restaurant.

Two days later, they were charged before the Nairobi Anti-Corruption Court but challenged their prosecution by a filing constitutional review application at the High Court in 2003.

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) then Attorney General (AG) withdrew the criminal court case under section 87(a) of the CPC and filed fresh charges on March 4, 2004.

The two moved to the High Court again and the application was concluded on August 12, 2013.

It was then that High Court Judge David Majanja ordered that the criminal case be referred back to the Chief Magistrate’s Court for determination.

A total of 14 prosecution witnesses testified during the hearing.