In connection with the Finland and Canada Overseas Education Program, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has mandated the detention of Uasin Gishu Senator Jackson Mandago and three other individuals.
Investigators are looking for the senator and three other top county officials in connection with the county’s scholarship scandal.
Joshua Kipkemoi Lelei, Meshak Rono, and Joseph Kipkemoi Maritim are the additional suspects. The indictment of the involved authorities received approval from the Office of the DPP. They are expected to be charged with stealing, office abuse, and conspiracy to commit a felony. The group is also charged with forgery.
They have been accused of arranging for the theft of Sh1 billion from a Kenya Commercial Bank account located in Eldoret that was established under the Uasin Gishu Education Trust Fund and used to pay for students participating in the Uasin Gishu County Abroad Education Program’s university fees.
The investigators in charge of the case claimed they made unsuccessful attempts to contact the wanted suspects. They argued that they were in Eldoret, attending the devolution Conference. As a result, police went to the Nakuru law courts to request arrest orders for the suspects.
Last Friday, a team looking into the Finland and Canada foreign education program called Mandago and the other officials to the DPP headquarters, where they were interrogated.
Mandago acknowledged the questioning but refused to say what he informed authorities about his potential involvement in the story.
The EACC is looking into claims that county authorities in Uasin Gishu stole over Sh837 million from parents who paid them to facilitate their children’s participation in scholarship programs in Finland and Canada.