Former employee of Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Limited has been jailed for two years after he was found guilty of demanding a bribe from an unsuspecting Citizen in order to excuse him from preferred criminal charges against him.
Peter Ndichu is said to have demanded Ksh 300,000 in the year 2019 from one of the landlords in the Baba Dogo area within Nairobi County, whom he accused of using the illegal connections.
However the trial Magistrate Peter Ooko gave the conviction an alternate fine of Ksh. 300,000.
“Having the heard the prosecution and the defense the accused persons has been found guilty of demanding a bribe and sentenced serve three years in prison,” Magistrate ruled.
The court in its judgment said that the convict had demanded Ksh. 500,000 in order not to prefer charges against the water user.
During the hearing the trial court heard that another officer from the company who visited the area said that indeed that water had been disconnected.
The court also observed that in order to deter other offenders a stiff sentence is preferable. The convict was a meter reader.
“As a deterrence of the such corruption the convict will serve the custodial sentence or bear hefty penalty of equal amount of ksh. 300,000 to deter other water company officials from extorting people,” the Magistrate further stated.
The court was further told that upon the complainant failed to raise the money demanded he reported the matter at rhe Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) where he was given a secret device to record conversation with the convict.
The audio clips were produced in court as exhibit during the trial.