Seven suspects arrested over the weekend in connection with misappropriation and embezzlement of funds at Thika Technical Training Institute were on Monday arraigned at the Thika law courts.
The seven; Jefferson Kariuki (first accused), Mary Mumbua (second accused), John Mwangi (third accused), Michael Gacheru (fourth accused), Samuel Gakumo (fifth accused), Johnson Kihumba (sixth accused), and Eunice Njuguna Wairimu (seventh accused) appeared before Thika Chief Magistrate Theresa Murigi and faced 12 counts collectively.
Mr. Kariuki, Mr. Mwangi and Mr. Gacheru were accused that between June 30, 2016 to December 30, 2017 – being persons employed in the public service as Principal, Chairman of the Board of Governors and Bursar in the said institution respectively – stole Ksh.19,332,487 by virtue of their employment.
Mr. Kariuki, Ms. Mumbua and Mr. Gacheru were also charged with a second count of abuse of office. They were charged that between June 30, 2016 and July 30, 2018, they used their respective offices to arbitrary direct to be issued public funds totaling Ksh.26,675,336.