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Kirinyaga county MCA charged with forgery

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[Kirinyaga Majority Leader Member of County Assembly (MCA) James Kamau Murango, who was arraigned in Mombasa court on forgery. Photo/Ahmed Omar/May, 18, 2022].

Kirinyaga Majority Leader Member of County Assembly (MCA) James Kamau Murango, was arraigned in Mombasa court on allegations of forging documents to supply crane spare parts to Kenya Ports Authority.

The accused was arrested in Kirinyaga on Monday evening and was brought all the way to Mombasa to face several charges of corruption and forgery committed during a tendering process at the Port of Mombasa in 2020.

According to the court documents Murango was being charged with forgery, uttering false documents, fraudulence in procurement proceedings, and acquisition of public property in a corrupt manner.

He was charged alongside Lilian Kemunto, who was not present before the court.

The two are directors of Ports and Harbours Support Services, which had bid to supply crane spare parts to Mombasa Port in 2020.

The court documents showed that on March 15 and 18 2020, the duo forged documents, unreferenced the Local Agent Appointment letter, purporting to be issued by Manitowoc Crane Group- the sole manufacturer of Grove Crane spare parts.

Later, the duo managed to get the tender and supplied KPA, purporting to be local agents of Manitowoc Crane Group.

Between June 16, 2021 and February 2022 they received a total of USD 76,347.35 (about Sh8 million) as payment for contract supply for the spare parts in a tender that was fraudulently acquired, the court was told.

Murango denied all the charges before Mombasa Principal Magistrate Martin Rabera and he was released on a Sh1 million bond or an alternative of Sh100, 000 cash bail.

Murango and his co-accused are expected to appear before the court on May 31.