Four Kenyan officials were on Monday sentenced to life in prison by a High Court in South-Sudan for being involved in heavy misappropriation of fund.
The four were among the 16 people who were charged for robbing Sh1.4 Billion from President Salva Kiir’s office on separate incidents.
The convicted officials include the former chief administrator in the office of the president, Mayen Wol, the former executive director in president’s office, Yel Luol and national security officer John Agou. Some of them are President Kiiir’s relatives, according to press reports in the world’s youngest nation.
A Sudanese media alleged that other officials who were given life sentence alongside the Kenyans included an employee from the Finance Ministry, staffers at the State High Office of President Kiir and another from the central bank.
Court heard that the culprits (all 16 people) pulled out part of the huge amount from the country’s Central Bank while the rest was taken from Kiir’s office.
As at the time ethnic wars was still going on between 2013 and 2015, the convicted officers also forged signatures of the President and other government officials including writing fake cheques.
In 2015, five Kenyan citizens were detained in South Sudan for reportedly faking documents which were said to have been used in robbing about 200 million dollars from different banks across the world – including the Central Bank of Kenya.
In March, the same year, a Saudi Arabian Prince claimed that three Kenyan businessmen robbed him of millions of shillings from a multi-billion dollar food security company they co-founded. The prince said the transaction involving a colossal amount was done without his knowing.
Sultan Bin Nasser Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, who was the majority shareholder in an establishment identified as Arafco Agriculture Integration Company, headed to court to charge the three of falsifying his signature to transfer his 900 shares out of the 1000 shares to another company – Milestone Developers Limited.