The Energy, Petroleum Regulatory Authority Director-General Pavel Oimeke spent the night at Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission basement cells after allegedly receiving Sh200,000 bribe.
He is said to have received the bribe to approve the opening of a fuel station in Oyugis town.
EACC head of communications Philip Kagucia has confirmed that the suspect was arrested by EACC detectives earlier Thursday after receiving the money from an employee of the Oyugis-based fuel station.
The fuel station had been closed by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for selling fuel meant for export.
“The station was fined Sh309, 842.00 by KRA which they later paid and were issued with a clearance letter to be taken to the DG EPRA to enable him to authorize the opening of the station,” EACC said in a statement.
“Today, however, a team of investigators accompanied the complainant to EPRA headquarters with the treated Sh200, 000 that was demanded,” a police report indicated.
The report added that the complainant then handed over the bribe at Oimeke’s office and was issued with the approval letter leading to his arrest by EACC detectives.