Former Pipeline MD Sang Corruption Charges Dropped

Former Kenya Pipeline Company MD Joe Sang at the Milimani Courts | PHOTO BY CYRUS KIMANGA/ UZALENDO NEWS

Milimani Anti-corruption court has acquitted former Kenya Pipeline Company MD Joe Sang of fraud in the Sh1.9 billion Kisumu Oil Jetty project.

Former corporate secretary Gloria Khafafa was also acquitted. Others were; Vincent Korir Cheruiyot (GM supply chain), Nicholas Gitobu, (procurement manager), Billy Aseka, (GM infrastructure), and Samuel Odoyo, (GM finance).

Magistrate Victor Wakumile concluded that the case they were jointly charged with was ‘fatally deficient,’ and he dismissed it.

He stated that the initiative was in KPC’s plans, and most witnesses, including board chair John Ngumi, affirmed that it was executed in 2006, long before most of the accused joined the business.

“Under Section 215 the whole case against the defendants’ collapses; they are now all acquitted,” Wakumile ruled.

After reading the judgment sang, Khafafa and Korir were overcome by emotions.

Wakumile urged them not to cry, saying, “Sang, don’t cry.”

The court questioned why the accused were prosecuted in the first place, stating that Khafafa should have been a witness rather than an accused.

“I observe that the accused have expended time and resources in their pursuit of freedom, but such is life sometimes.”

“I hope we never meet again under these conditions,” Wakumile stated.