Mary Walingo: DPP Haji orders arrest, prosecution of Maasai Mara VC over misappropriation of school funds

Haji said between 2016 and 2019, several cheques were used to irregularly withdraw money from the institution’s accounts for personal use

August 25, 2020, 12:13 PM for
Noordin Haji and Maasai Mara VC Mary Walingo

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji on Monday, August 24 ordered the arrest and prosecution of Maasai Mara University Vice-Chancellor Mary Walingo and four others over the misappropriation of over KSh 177 million belonging to the University.

In a statement, Haji said they have efficient evidence to prosecute the five, further confirming irregular withdrawals of money amounting to KSh 177 million.

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Haji said that between 2016 and 2019, several cheques were used to irregularly withdraw money from the institution's accounts for personal use.

"Analysis of the evidence obtained indicates that monies withdrawn by authorized finance officers at the University would be irregularly delivered to the Vice-Chancellor, Mary Walingo, through her proxies

"Due to the unscrupulous activities of irregular withdrawal of funds without accounting for the same, the Maasai Mara university suffered a loss of approximately KSh 170, 007, 754," read part of the statement.

DPP Haji then ordered the immediate arrest of the VC and the four officials over the embezzlement of the institution's funds.

"I, therefore, direct that the suspects be apprehended and arraigned in court to face the appropriate charges against them," Haji concluded.

Walingo is set to charge alongside Prof. Simon Kasaine Ole Seno (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance), Prof. John Almadi Obere (Acting Deputy VC Academic and Student Affairs between 2016 and 2019), Anaclet Biket Okumu (Finance Officer) and Noor Hassan Abdi (the Vice Chancellor’s driver).

In September 2019, Citizen TV aired an exposé revealing how the VC swindled funds from the school accounts through her driver.

The reports indicated that the driver was used as the intermediary between the VC and the then school accountant, Spencer Sankale.

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The whistleblowers later presented evidence to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI and the files forwarded to DPP Haji.

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