Seven Nairobi County employees who were found in possession of Sh 7 Million by Sonko have been arraigned in court.
The employees, who were arrested on Tuesday, were on Wednesday charged with being in possession of Sh7,803,876 Shillings in their offices which ought to have been deposited by close of day on August 22.
They were charged that being employees of the county government, they abused their authority by failing to bank revenue on August 22.
In an affidavit by investigating officer Moses Gituathi, they are being accused of conspiring to steal from the Nairobi County government of Nairobi.
The accused are Reuben Njuguna Gachukia, Luke Gatimu, Maurice Ochieng, Nixon Awuor, Shaban Asman, Bedan NdegwaWambui and Chrispin Oyiro.
They hold the following positions respectively, Chief cashier, Finance Officer, Head of Treasury, Head of revenue, Second-in-charge of revenue collection, Head of bank reconciliations and Assistant cashier.
The prosecution applied to have the seven detained for five more days to enable police to conclude investigations.
‘’The investigating team is yet to recover revenue collection books, banking record books, banking slips and computers from the respondents of which are vital evidence in the case,” argued Gituathi.
The accused were busted by Nairobi governor Mike Sonko last week Wednesday during an impromptu visit to City Hall’s cash office.
On Tuesday, Sonko ordered acting County Secretary Leboo ole Morintat to suspend them until investigations into the matter were concluded.
“I direct that you suspend the chief officer and his cashiers at the cash office during the operation and they should not report to work until investigations are done. If they are innocent they will be reinstated. We will not allow a few individuals to ruin the name of the county government,” said Sonko.