Despite the good vibes, Mr Mubea said there is a new cause for concern over tainted candidates.

"Our disappointment is that, notwithstanding that some people are facing cases in court, the electorate will disregard that and vote them in, and that becomes a big challenge.

"It poses a big challenge on governance. We charge people, the electorate vote for them. What message are we sending?" he posed.

CULPRITS

Some of those nominated to vie in the coming elections and have pending court cases are Hassan Noor Hassan and Gladys Boss Shollei, who are both facing corruption-related charges and are out on bond.

Ms Shollei was charged with abuse of office and failure to comply with procurement laws when she was the Registrar of the Judiciary, but still managed to be nominated as Jubilee Party's candidate for the Uasin Gishu Woman Representative position.

On the other hand, Mr Hassan was also charged with abuse of office over and conspiracy to commit an economic crime when he was the Devolution ministry tender committee chairman.

He is vying for the Mandera governorship post on the Economic Freedom Party ticket.

FUNDS EMBEZZLEMENT

There have been concerns that cases involving prominent personalities, such as governors, take an inordinate amount of time to determine.

But this might be addressed by the creation of the special division.

Those convicted for corruption-related offences are a director and an assistant director at the Education ministry, an assistant commissioner, a chief and a retinue of policemen.

Perhaps one of the most significant conviction is that of Ms Concilia Ondiek, who was the acting director of secondary and tertiary education.

She and assistant director Patrick Lumumba Aghan denied embezzling Sh3 million and Sh2.5 million, respectively, of money meant for free learning.

JAIL SENTENCE

Last September, Ms Ondiek and her colleague Dorothy Ndia were jailed for two years on charges of fraudulent acquisition of public property.

Significantly, the two years’ sentence does not have the option of a fine.

A month later, Ms Jane Muthoni Ngugi, an accountant at the same ministry, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment without the option of a fine.

Mr Peter Mungara Mwaura, who was an assistant director of education at the ministry, was convicted of two charges and jailed for one year without the option of a fine.

SIMAM RELEASED

From the Interior ministry, Mr Moses Gitari, a senior deputy secretary, Mr Benjamin Isindu, who headed procurement office and Mr Michael Nduguya, a procurement officer, were convicted and ordered to pay a fine of Sh500,000 each or serve one year in jail.

Mr Richard Njoroge Kimani, an assistant commissioner at the Kenya Revenue Authority, was sentenced to one year in jail for soliciting for $57,000.

He was given the option of paying a fine of Sh500,000 and Sh1 million for another charge.

Others convicted of corruption-related offences include former Eldoret South MP Peris Simam and her husband.

They were jailed but then released after paying a fine.

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