Two former Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) officials have been sentenced to two years imprisonment after being found convicted for forgery and uttering false documents.

COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli  at one time told the court that Cornell Ogutu Nyangun and Millicent Ngeso defrauded the worker’s union and  that COTU executive board was surprised by the existence of  Barclays Bank of Kenya Queensway branch account number 0942594267 which was to cater for HIV/AIDS and child labour awareness campaign!

“The Barclays bank account was opened in the name of COTU but until we received information we were not aware of its existence as all our accounts are with KCB…” COTU was also not aware of any transactions made through the said account and it never benefited from the same,” Atwoli was quoted.

The two may face  longer prison terms if they fail to pay fines the other offences of forgery and false accounting.

They were however exempted from the charge of stealing in which they had denied stealing Ksh115 million.