Business & Financial News

President Ruto frees Ex-KEMRI Boss From 6-year Jail Term

Koech was facing a six-year jail sentence for corruptly obtaining Ksh 19.3 million, an amount designated for disease control at the Vector Biological and Control Research (VBCR) center in Kisumu in September 2021.

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

President William Ruto on Tuesday pardoned former Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) boss, Davy Koech.

Koech was facing a six-year jail sentence for corruptly obtaining Ksh 19.3 million, an amount designated for disease control at the Vector Biological and Control Research (VBCR) center in Kisumu in September 2021.

The former boss was accused of transferring Ksh 19.3 million from KEMRI’s bank accounts to his personal accounts during his tenure as the Managing Director. Additionally, he was alleged to have corruptly acquired KEMRI property for Ksh 800,000 on August 16, 2006, in Nairobi.

He further transferred Ksh 6 million on December 5 and Ksh 12.5 million on December 13 from the corporation account in the same year.

Last year, the High Court, under Magistrate Victor Wakumile, declined to overturn the corruption conviction against Mr. Koech, instead sentencing him to a six-year jail term after finding him guilty of corruptly acquiring public funds.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) expressed dissatisfaction with the sentence and announced its intention to seek an enhancement of the punishment at the High Court.

Mr. Koech appealed the High Court’s decision, claiming that it was flawed, and sought an order to overturn the sentence. In response, Justice Esther Maina dismissed the request, stating that Professor Koech failed to demonstrate how the court reached its decision to convict him of the corruption offense.

In the meantime, exercising his Presidential pardon and Prerogative of Mercy powers, the Head of State has commuted all death sentences imposed before November 2021 and 2022.

Among those pardoned by the President, according to the gazette notice dated July 19, 2023, were Professor Koech and 37 other individuals, along with 2,944 petty offenders and 2,117 long-term offenders.

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Comments
Loading...
Financial Fortune Media
Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com