Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Finance Manager Patrick Nyoike has been released on a bond of Ksh5m with an alternative cash bail of Ksh2m over the Ksh214million scandal involving an authorized payout to Nyali Capital Limited (NCL). – By Prudence Wanza.
Nyoike who appeared in court alongside Isaac Obunga, KPA clerical officer is alleged to have used his office to improperly confer the benefit of Sh214million to NCL by irregularly facilitating the definition of the company, which was not one of KPA’s suppliers, as a vendor in the parastatal’s portal without authority.
The finance officer pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, abuse of office, failure to disclose a private interest and dealing with suspect property.
Nyoike’s wife, who is the owner of NCL failed to appear in court citing that she was admitted at the Mombasa General hospital.
The directors of NCL, Peter Wambugu and Alfred Hinga also failed to show up in court and a warrant of arrest was issued against the two.
Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti has ordered Nyoike’s wife to appear in court tomorrow to plead to charges against her failure to which her doctor will appear in court to inform the court on her state.
Nyoike was arrested on Sunday alongside two other suspects who are linked to the siphoning of the money from KPA to the company owned by his wife.
The suspects were arrested by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives in Mombasa.