Maasai Mara University Vice Chancellor Mary Walingo has been ordered to surrender to police authorities a year after having been named in the multimillion school scandal.
Walingo’s underdealings were exposed through a damning Citizen Tv expose’ 2019 that detailed how money was being looted from the school with wanton abandon. The expose’ was dubbed the Mara Heist.
Office the Director of Public Prosecution DPP led by Noordin Haji has flagged on her arrest for prosecution alongside other administrators.
The suspects were named in the misappropriation of sh 177 million which they have to explain how they spend it and on what.
Details reaching this desk also indicate that Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance Professor Simon Kasaine Ole Seno, Finance Officer Anaclet Biket Okumu, Vice Chancellor’s driver Noor Hassan Abdi and Acting Deputy VC Academic John Obere are among the key suspects in the heist.
Investigations by Haji team claimed that questionable cheques were issued between 2016 and 2019 where colossal amounts of money was withdrawn from school’s official accounts without any justifiable reasons.
“There was no justification for the withdrawal of the funds from the said accounts as there are no supporting documents for the expenditure.
“Monies withdrawn by authorised finance officers at the university would be irregularly delivered to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mary Walingo through her proxies,” Haji’s statement reads in part.
Haji further noted that this theft was being done recklessly even when the school had proper accounting structures that ought to have been followed.
He reported that the manner in which the sandal was being run proved that Walingo’s administration had one aim in mind- to loot the school dry and run away with the crime.
Maasai Mara University is located in Narok County and was established in 2013 as a full-fledged university; a successor of Narok University College established in 2009.
Her prosecution is coming at a time President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is tasked to explain another multi-million scandal at KEMSA where questionable tenders were awarded to people believed to part of the State.