Maize scandal suspects fail to take plea



A trader who allegedly pocketed Sh. 102 million in the maize scandal at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) failed to take plea for the third time at Kisumu Law Court.

Caroline Chepchumba who was released on police bond terms similar to the one that was issued to other suspects already charged failed to show up.

Richard Onsongo, the lawyer who represented Chepchumba  before Kisumu Senior Principal Magistrate Winfred Onkunya says his client was still unwell and not in a position to take plea.

Onsongo says his client has already been processed by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) and will be ready to take plea on February 12th this year.

Prosecutor Lazarus Sirtui asked the court to release her on the same police bond terms that the other suspects were released on.

Chepchumba is expected to be charged with fraudulently acquiring public money of about Sh. 102 million from the Kisumu silo.




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