Maasai Mara VC Books Another Date With DCI

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Director of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Kiambu. Photo/File

A few days after interrogating Maasai Mara University Vice-Chancellor Prof Mary Walingo, together with other staff over misappropriation of over Ksh190 million, DCI detectives are expected to further interrogate the team at the Kiambu Road headquarters.

Their summoning followed an exposé featured on Citizen TV which unearthed alleged looting of public funds from the institution.

Maasai Mara University Prof. Mary Walingo during a past interview. Photo/File

The exposé dubbed, The Mara Heist, implicated the institution’s Vice-chancellor as the alleged orchestrator of the entire operation.

Among those expected to present themselves at the DCI headquarters on Wednesday include the Prof Walingo, her driver Abdi Noor Hassan and staff mentioned in the fraud.

Already the DCI has acknowledged being in possession of two computers and documents which they intend to use to aid in the investigation.

If found culpable, detectives will open graft charges against the team, who should then be arraigned in court.

Furthermore, detectives have revealed that they are working to establish the main suspects in the scandal, as well as identify enough state witnesses once the case is taken to court.


Maasai Mara University. Photo/File

The heist’s whistleblowers are said to have already recorded statements which are expected to help detectives to piece up their evidence.

They will also be expected to appear in court as key witnesses should the DCI find enough evidence to prosecute those named.

The three whistle-blowers have already applied for witness protection from the State after it emerged they had been threatened for unearthing the scandal.

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Posted by Maasai Mara University on Friday, 30 August 2019


Following the shocking revelations, Prof Walingo declined to be interviewed on the matter but later posted a video on the university’s Facebook page, alleging she had been investigating the matter.

In one of the secretly recorded videos, the university’s VC is heard warning one of the whistleblowers that she was ready to rot in jail with him. She promised that he would not avoid arrest as well.

More pressure continues to mount on the VC to step aside pending investigations.

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