In a significant legal development, eight individuals associated with the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) found themselves in the dock at the Mombasa Anti-Corruption Court.

Among them were Robert Bosuben, a Senior Clerical Officer in the KPA Civil Engineering Department, Rose Cherotich, an Account Signatory of Chemiso East Africa, and agents Idd Arube Nanyang and Azenath Kwamboka Mageto.

The charges, totalling Ksh 62 million, included the fraudulent acquisition of public property, conflict of interest, money laundering, obtaining contracts through false pretense, forgery, and uttering false documents. Yobesh Oyaro, former head of procurement and supply at KPA, along with David Angwenyi, Norah Mugambi, and Athanase Wambari, members of the KPA tender evaluation committee, were also implicated.

Despite pleading not guilty, the court granted bail to Bosuben, Cherotich, Nanyang, and Mageto at Ksh 2 million bond, while Oyaro, Angwenyi, Mugambi, and Wambari secured release on a Ksh 1 million bond.

Prosecution, represented by Principal Prosecution Counsel Alex Gituma and Prosecution Counsel Yassir Mohamed, did not oppose the accused’s release on bond. The pre-trial conference is scheduled for February 7, 2024.