Kenya : trial of diplomat over graft, illicit arm possession begins

Mr Hillary Ngondi Kyengo, is being investigated for possessing illegal ammunition. Photo : DCI

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – The trial of a high ranking diplomat who spent the Christmas Day in police custody opens today Thursday, in Nairobi.

Mr Hillary Kyengo, was arrested last week over allegations of attempting to extort an unknown amount of money from Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chief executive Nancy Macharia.

Kenya’s leading Daily Nation reported that the accused was arraigned last Friday but police obtained orders to detain him for seven more days to conclude investigation into alleged ownership of guns and ammunition found in his possession.

Mr Kyengo was arrested alongside two other suspects, James Ndirangu Kagecha and David Mwaniki Maluki, the sources said.

He is alleged to have approached Ms Macharia as a detective from the office of Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, where he demanded money as a bribe to kill off some purported investigations at TSC.

However, sources told the Nation that the three walked into Ms Macharia’s office and told her that they had a damning dossier on a scandal involving corruption in teacher grading and promotions.

They allegedly offered to drop the ‘investigations’ if Ms Macharia agreed to cooperate by giving them money, prompting Ms Macharia to alert DCI detectives.

The TSC boss is the complainant in the matter where the suspects were secretly filmed demanding bribes to “kill the case”.

DCI said the three suspects will be arraigned in court soon to face charges of obtaining money by false pretences.

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