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Mavoko Cemetery Scandal Powerful official in Sonko's government sentenced to 3 years in jail

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Chairman of the Nairobi Regeneration Committee John Gakuo play Chairman of the Nairobi Regeneration Committee John Gakuo (Nation)

The Chairman of the Nairobi County Government Regeneration Committee John Gakuo has been sentenced to three years in jail over the irregular purchase of Sh283 million cemetery land in Mavoko area.

Gakuo, who previously served as Nairobi Town Clerk, was found guilty alongside former Local Government PS Sammy Kirui.

play Chairman of the Nairobi Regeneration Committee John Gakuo (centre) and former PS Sammy Kirui who were sentenced to jail over corruption (Nation)

 

The two have also been handed a Sh1 million fine.

Also found guilty was former Secretary to defunct Nairobi City Council Mary Ngethe and  then tender committee chair Alexander Musee - they were also jailed for three years and fined Sh52m and Sh32m respectively.

The Sh283 million scandal becomes the biggest case where powerful government officials have been sentenced to jail over corruption.

Gakuo's reign as Town Clerk witnessed relative success in cleaning of the Nairobi River and getting rid of the parking children in CBD.

play Chairman of the Nairobi Regeneration Committee John Gakuo (Star)

 

His term was, however, was cut short after President Mwai Kibaki dismissed him over the Mavoko land cemetery scandal.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko had earlier indicated Gakuo as one of the potential nominees for position of Deputy Governor.

In February, Sonko picked the former Town Clerk to replace Polycarp Igathe as Chairman of the Nairobi Regeneration Committee.

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