Embattled Vice Chancellor of the troubled Maasai Mara University Professor Mary Walingo was yesterday interrogated for more than seven hours in connection to alleged massive graft that has rocked the institution amounting to over Sh190million.
Walingo reported at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi yesterday shortly after 10am.
She was released late in the evening. She was put to task to explain massive withdrawals made directly from the institution accounts in favour of senior and junior staff members and concurrent deposits made to beneficiaries’ bank accounts.
Investigators from the DCI headquarters have seized all accounts file, payment vouchers, invoices, copies of cheques used to for forensic analysis dating back 2014 when she took over as the VC.
The professor was at pains to explain to Serious Crime Unit detectives how she presided over blatant plunder of public resources in one of the latest brazen graft scheme to be witnessed.
The massive looting was unearthed by insiders, Spencer Sankale and three others. Sankale served as the acting finance officer before his demotion in August 2017.
“She is here to explain certain areas of interest in the case under investigation. Two others were here yesterday and we expect at least six others tomorrow,” A senor detective said.
Walingo was also questioned over ownership of prime properties in her name and proxies believed to have been obtained through proceeds of corruption.
Those expected today morning at DCI offices are officers from Finance department, her driver Noor Abdi who is alleged to have been the key confidant and facilitator of the looting, audit team and university development committee.
Investigators have already profiled all properties directly and indirectly owned by the suspects to facilitate the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji apply for public forfeiture if they are found culpable.
“After investigation, the files will be forwarded to the DPP for review,” A senior detective privy with the investigation observed.
Last year, in an affidavit dated October 23 2018, Kiplagat Serem, who served as senior audit assistant before he was fired over alleged insubordination, wrote to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Director of Public Prosecutions, asking them to investigate Walingo over graft allegations.