Nairobi County Employee Who Had Admitted To Taking Bribe Makes U-Turn

Milimani Anti-Corruption Court has released a Nairobi County clerical officer on a Ksh 1 million bond after denying charges of fraudulently receiving Ksh 95,000 from a businessman.

Albert Mbarani Mihadl, a clerical officer, pleaded not guilty to soliciting and receiving a bribe of Ksh 95,000 from city businessman Khilan Shah to permit him to carry out renovations on his business premises within Westlands area Nairobi.

Mbarani who was arrested by EACC detectives had initially admitted before Senior Principal Magistrate Eunice Nyutu on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 to the corruption charges leveled against him by the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution.

The officer, however, changed his guilty plea denying that on July 30, 2020, at Spring Valley area in Westlands within Nairobi City County Government in the Republic of Kenya being an employee of Nairobi County government as a Clerical officer requested for a financial advantage of Ksh 45,000 from Shah with intent that in consequence he would assist him obtain a renovation permit from defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

The court heard that the public officer solicited a bribe together with two other senior Overseers officers of the county namely Kennedy Kichamu Matagangwe and Samson Jamenya Aluga who did not appear in court for plea taking.

Mbarani also denied that he received a bribe of Ksh 50,000 from Shah on July 30, 2020, that he was to assist him in obtaining a renovation permit from the defunct Nairobi Metropolitan Service.

He was also charged with impersonating an enforcement and Security officer at Nairobi county and attempting to inspect the compliance of the complainant’s renovation permit.

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Further, the prosecution informed the court that Mbarani forged a renovation and repair permit dated July 30, 2020, and gave it to the businessman claiming it to be a genuine document issued by the county government of Nairobi a fact he knew to be false.

The Court released him on a cash bail of Ksh 500,000 with an alternative cash bail of Ksh 1 million.