Former IEBC CEO Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison

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Former IEBC CEO James Oswago was sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of irregularly awarding a Ksh1.3 billion tender for the supply of voter materials in the 2013 General Election.

The Anti-Corruption Court on Monday sentenced Oswago and his deputy, Wilson Shollei, to pay a Ksh. 7,500,000 fine or serve a total of four years in prison for two offenses.

The two officials were found guilty of abuse of office and willful refusal to comply with procurement laws by Senior Principal Magistrate Felix Kombo.

The IEBC was accused of improperly granting the tender for the provision of Electronic Voter Identification Devices (EVID) Kits and Accessories to Face Technologies Ltd. in the “Chicken Gate” scandal, where it is claimed that illegal dealings were done out under the code word “chicken” to award lucrative printing contracts.

Oswago and Shollei, together with Willy Kamanga, the procurement manager, and Edward Karisa, the director of finance and procurement, were all found not guilty on the third count in which they were all accused of intentional failure to follow procurement regulations and/or abuse of office.

The fourth charge of abuse of office against the two was also dropped.

Justice Kombo ruled that the two must each pay Ksh. 5 million in default fines and serve three years in prison for the first offense, and Ksh. 2.5 million in default fines and serve one year in prison for the third count.

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