EACC has won a court case against a former employee of the Ministry of Education who stole Ksh 11,131,305.53 using a ghost school.
Joshua Momanyi Ocharo allocated the funds to Mundeku Secondary School, purportedly located Khwisero Sub-County, Kakamega County in disguise that they were meant for Free Day Secondary Education Programme.
“EACC has won a High Court case seeking recovery of Kes. 11,131,305.53 from one Joshua Momanyi Ocharo who while working at the Ministry of Education established a ‘ghost’ school called ‘Mundeku Secondary School,’ purportedly located in Khwisero Sub-County, Kakamega County and consistently allocated it Government funds meant for the Free Day Secondary Education Programme.
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Momanyi, whose duties in the Ministry entailed preparation of Funds Distribution Schedules, added the name of the non-existent school into the payment records, and inserted his personal bank account number, against the ghost school which he represented as a legitimate beneficiary.” said EACC
In his ruling, Justice Prof Nixon Sifuna of the High Court noted that the accused transferred the funds between 22nd August 2017 and 18th June 2018 and used part of the money to buy a Toyota Vanguard vehicle and two prime parcels of land which the High Court declared proceeds of crime that should be forfeited to the Government.
Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) is set to receive the file for further prosecution.