The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has submitted a request for the arrest of the Principal and Board Chair of Friends College Kaimosi on allegations of mishandling Ksh.15 million.
The DCI declared that a previous court order, compelling Principal Wycliffe John Odhiambo Okumu and Board Chair Prof. Mike Iravo to surrender documents suspected to have been used in awarding fraudulent tenders for the mentioned sum, was disregarded.
The documents sought by the DCI encompass records related to college vehicle repairs, laboratory construction, computer supply, and various other documents.
In an application presented by investigator Moses Biwott, the DCI emphasizes that these documents are essential to aid their ongoing investigations.
The DCI also expressed concerns about availability of ghost workers in the college, a practice that could result in unnecessary expenses for taxpayers and be considered as a misuse of public funds.
During a hearing before Magistrate Mellany Ochieng, representing the DCI, prosecutor Philip Karasha stated that the two suspects had failed to comply with court orders issued on October 6, 2023.
The prosecution sought the issuance of arrest warrants for the leaders of the institution.
The DCI reportedly received information from a whistleblower regarding the alleged misappropriation of public funds, prompting the initiation of an investigation.
Mr. Dan Simiyu, who represented the college principal and Board Chair, argued that the DCI’s call for arrest was misguided and made in bad faith, deeming it an embarrassment to the court.
The court granted both parties permission to submit written arguments against each other by December 7, 2023, which will be the date of the case’s next mention.