Kenya Pipeline Company Employees Charged with Stealing Petroleum Products

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In a significant development, three employees of the Kenya Pipeline Company have been brought before Kisumu Chief Magistrate D.O. Onyango to face charges of theft involving petroleum products at the Kisumu terminal.

The accused individuals, namely Reuben Andolo Aseneka, Joseph Mbugua Mwai, and Mutai Micah, are facing allegations of conspiring to steal a substantial quantity of motor spirit premium (MSP) totaling 13,852 litres, with an estimated value of Ksh 2,431,178. These petroleum products were the property of oil marketers’ companies and were under the custody of the Kenya Pipeline Company.

During the court proceedings, the prosecution, led by SADPP Catherine Mwaniki, SPPC Patrick Okango, and SPC Shitsama Lighami, firmly opposed the granting of bail to the accused individuals. Their argument rested on the assertion that the actions of the accused amounted to economic sabotage, a grave offense that carries legal consequences.

However, in delivering his ruling, Chief Magistrate Onyango acknowledged that the right to bail is a fundamental entitlement for every individual, albeit not an absolute one. Following their pleas of not guilty, the accused were ultimately granted bail, each required to provide a bond of Ksh 500,000 and a surety of an equivalent amount.

The case is set to progress, with a pre-trial mention scheduled for the 3rd of October 2023. This legal action underscores the importance of upholding the law and ensuring accountability in matters involving economic crimes, particularly those that affect critical sectors such as the petroleum industry. The proceedings will be closely watched as the justice system seeks to establish the facts surrounding this alleged theft of petroleum products.

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