Education Ministry official sentenced to 2yrs in jail over theft of public funds

Education Ministry official sentenced to 2yrs in jail over theft of public funds

A Senior Quality Assurance officer at the Ministry of Education has been sentenced to two years in prison or pay a fine of Ksh.6.3 million after he was found guilty of stealing public funds.

George Otieno Odhiambo was convicted for embezzling Kshs.2,934,600 of the World Bank and Government of Kenya Education Sector Support Program in 2009.

Delivering the ruling, Anti-Corruption Court Magistrate Felix Kombo sitting in Nairobi said the evidence presented by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission had proved a case beyond reasonable doubt against Mr. Odhiambo.

The magistrate found him guilty on one charge of deceiving the principal and ordered him to pay the fine of Ksh. 6,369,200 or serve 2 years imprisonment.

According to EACC, Mr.Odhiambo received an imprest of Kshs 2,936,000 to facilitate Capacity Building Workshops on Management of Instructional Materials in Secondary Schools in 10 Districts within the then Rift Valley Province.

The workshops did not take place and the accused is said to have used forged documents to surrender the imprest he received.

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