Former MP sentenced to 1 year in jail or pay Ksh1.3M fine for taking bribe

By Sheila Mutua On Fri, 29 May, 2020 11:51 | < 1 min read
John Njoroge Chege, the former Nairobi deputy mayor, served as Kasarani MP between 2013 and 2017. [PHOTO | FILE]
John Njoroge Chege, the former Nairobi deputy mayor, served as Kasarani MP between 2013 and 2017. [PHOTO | FILE]
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    Anti-corruption Court Magistrate, Lawrence Mugambi, ruled Friday, May 29 that it was proven beyond any possible doubt that the ex-MP received the money on the said-date.

Former Kasarani MP John Njoroge Chege has been sentenced to one year in jail or pay a fine of Ksh1.3 million after he was found guilty of demanding a Ksh100, 000 bribe from a person living with disability.

The court heard that on July 3, 2013 the then-lawmaker received Ksh100, 000 from Abdirahman Mohammed Abdullahi as a bribe to facilitate the release of Ksh3.34 million that was owed to Abdullahi for constructing a tuition block at Baba Dogo Secondary School. The MP was given the bribe at Continental House parking bay.

Anti-corruption Court Magistrate, Lawrence Mugambi, ruled Friday, May 29 that it was proven beyond any possible doubt that Chege received the money on the said-date.

The ex-legislator had been acquitted of the charges by Senior Principal Magistrate Peter Ndwiga, a decision that was overturned by the then-High Court judge Isaac Lenaola (now at the Supreme Court).

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko appealed against the lower court ruling that freed Chege.

After being found guilty of the offence in 2020, the ex-MP pleaded for a lenient sentence.

In his mitigation, Chege, through his lawyer Kirathe Wandugi, told the court that he has three children and a wife who depend on him for survival.

The Prosecution asked the court to factor in the fact that the ex-Parliamentarian solicited bribe from a person living with disability, and that the money he parted with as bribe (Ksh100, 000) was meant for his treatment.

Chege, the former Nairobi deputy mayor, served as Kasarani MP between 2013 and 2017.

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