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Finland Scholarship Scandal: Uasin Gishu Senator Jackson Mandago Arrest and List of Charges

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Uasin Gishu Senator, Jackson Mandago and three others will appear before the Nakuru Law courts on Thursday, August 17, to face charges over their involvement in the alleged Canada and Finland scholarship scandal.

 Mandago and the co-accused are facing at least four charges when he is accused of conspiring to steal 1.1 billion from a Kenya Commercial Bank account in Eldoret. The bank account was registered under Uasin Gishu Education Trust Fund and meant for overseas university education for students in Uasin Gishu County.

Finland scholarship scandal and Jackson Mandago charges

The Canada and Finland scholarship saga sparked massive protests in Uasin Gishu County, with the parents and hundreds of graduates affected taking to the streets to demand justice and refunds from the county government.

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The former governor is behind bars for initiating the process and other charges of abuse of office.

A Nakuru law court issued a warrant of arrest after Mandago failed to appear before the court for plea-taking.

The other officials in the spotlight over the Finland scholarship scandal are Joseph Kipkemoi Maritim, Meshach Rono and Joshua Kipkemoi Lelei.   

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 So far, Mandago has recorded a statement with the DCI waiting to appear before the court on Thursday, August 17.

What are Jackson Mandago’s charges?

The Uasin Gishu senator is responsible for fathering Canada and Finland scholarship programmes while he was the governor in 2021.  

Further reports from the charge sheet now indicate that the four, on different dated between March 1, 2021, and September 12, 2021, while in Uasin Gishu Cunty, with others not before the court, conspired to steal Ksh 1.1 billion from an account at Kenya Commercial Bank Eldoret branch.

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Full charges are:

  • Abuse of office
  • Illegally entering into MOU with Finland and Canadian Universities
  • Misrepresenting county government
  • Seconding Uasin Gishu County staff

The four are expected to answer these charges on Thursday, August 17, before a Nakuru law court.

Even so, President William Ruto promised a new scholarship to the affected students as the millions of shillings lost in the Canada and Finland scholarship scandal is investigated.

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