AN Anti-Corruption court has convicted a Huduma Centre assistant for taking a Ksh8,000 bribe in Nairobi on her own plea of guilt.
Scholastica Waithera Kuria , the prosecution said requested for the bribe on October 13 2016 at Huduma Centre in Kibera, Nairobi county while employed as a customer care assistant.
She received the money from Henry Mutugi as “inducement to fast track the issuance of a new generation ID.
Waithera had initially pleaded not guilty and had started her trial with a list of eight prosecution witnesses lined up for the proceedings but she changed her mind and entered a plea agreement with the DPP.
The prosecution also had documentary evidence i support of the charges leveled against Waithera.
It had electronic evidence that captured and implicated the convict in relation to the bribery claims.
Waithera was charged on August 28 2018 at the Milimani law courts and released on bond.
The prosecution also had expert evidence hat confirmed that the treated money of Ksh8,000 was received by Waithera and came into contact with her hands.
In mitigation Waithera said she has been remorseful and fully cooperated with the complainant and the prosecution throughout the trial.
She said she is a single mother with two children of school going age who are wholly dependent on her for their livelihood and begged for leniency and a non custodial sentence.
The trial court was told that the money involved was recovered and tat in netting out a penalty “the court be obliged to consider her plea.
Waithera was treated as a first offender, having no previous criminal records.
A magistrate applauded her for “saving time” by entering the plea agreement with the DPP.
The magistrate then directed she pays a fine of Ksh50K against the two counts of face 2 years in jail in default.