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Jailed ex-county executives freed after paying Sh15m fine

Two former county executives jailed for faulting procurement law will be freed after paying Sh7.9 million fine each.

Mr John Maina (Lands) and Mr Simon Wachira (Chief of staff) will walk out of Nyeri Main Prison King’ong’o free men.

However, Mr Martin Wamwea, formerly in charge of Finance, will remain in jail until he raises the Sh7.9 million fine.

The trio were found guilty of procurement charges leveled against them on Monday and fined Sh400,000 each.

Chief Magistrate John Onyiego further ruled that the executives pay Sh7.5 million each, which is double of what the county government lost in the contract deal illegally awarded to a consultancy firm.

The company, Pleng Limited had been awarded a tender to audit road construction works. The three have already appealed against the ruling.