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Catholic University students ‘offered registrar Sh800k to be included in graduation list’

Two law students from a private university have been charged for bribing their way into the graduation list at a cost of Sh 820,000.

Catholic University of Eastern Africa’s Jecinta Kiguru Mugure and Joan Kariuki Wanjiru were arraigned before an Anti-Corruption Court and charged with corruptly offering a benefit.

The two are accused of offering the bribe to the varsity’s Deputy Registrar Academic Affairs, Mr Caleb Opwora, as an inducement so that their names could be included in the list of graduands for last month’s graduation event.

According to the prosecution, the two committed the said offense on October 27, just a day before the set graduation at the varsity’s main campus in Nairobi.

DEGREE CERTIFICATES

“The accused persons wanted to be allowed to graduate on October 28 with degree certificates in law which they did not qualify for, a matter related to the affairs of the said university officer,” court was told.

They were charged with four counts of the offense relating to corruptly offering a benefit contrary to the Anti-Corruption and Economic crimes Act.

They however denied the charges and were released on a bond of Sh 300,000 each as well as a surety of a similar amount.

The two were arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption officers on October 27 and were released with a fine of Sh 15,000 bond each before being arraigned in court on Wednesday. The case will be mentioned on November 28.