Seven employees of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KBS) were on Tuesday charged before a Kisumu court with theft of over 12 million from the organization.
The suspects were arraigned before Kisumu Senior Principal Magistrate Robinson Ondieki and denied a total of twelve counts facing them.
They were charged that between 1st July 2017 and 31st October 2018 they conspired to defraud KBS Sh. 12.7 million by depositing the said money into operations account held at National Bank of Kenya for the purpose of gaining the money.
The accused namely Jacqueline Njeri, Florence Awino, Daniel Onuko and Linet Bitengo who were present in court all denied the charges.
The other three suspects Catherine Nangila, Erick Kibet and Rose Gacheru were absent in court.
The charges range from abuse of office, theft by servant and conspiracy to steal amongst other individual charges.
They were released on a bond of Sh. 3 million with one surety of the same amount each or an alternative of Sh. 500,000 cash bail each.
Earlier after taking the plea, the prosecution said he was not opposed to the accused being released on bond but applied that they should not communicate with workers at the Standard’s body.
He went further to say the accused should not interfere with witness and be barred from accessing their work places.
But in response, leading defense counsel Richard Onsongo argued that what the prosecution was raising in regard to access to work place was an administrative issue which should be handled at the worker and employer level.
Senior Principal Magistrate Ondieki was to rule on the matter later.