Former Director-General of the National Museums (NMK), Mzalendo Kibunjia, has been charged with embezzling Ksh 491 million.

Kibunjia was charged alongside Stanvas Ongalo Opija (Director of Management), Oliver Okinyi Rabour (Technology and Payments Officer), Wycliffe Odhiambo Ongata (Owner of Galmalink Enterprises), and Oscar Mwaura (Owner of Altcoms Limited).

Kibunjia and his four co-accused were charged on Tuesday for allegedly paying ghost workers over Ksh 491.2 million from NMK accounts.

The defendants faced 10 charges when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Victor Wakhumile at the Anti-Corruption Court in Milimani, Nairobi.

In these 10 charges, the accused were alleged to have conspired to defraud NMK of Ksh 491.2 million by paying ghost workers.

Mr. Wakhumile was informed that the accused had fraudulently paid themselves the sum of Ksh 491.2 million over several years, pretending it was salaries and allowances for NMK employees.

They were also charged with corruption, abuse of office, and fraudulent receipt of public funds.

In the corruption charges, the magistrate was informed that the accused received Ksh 491.2 million from NMK accounts, knowing they were participating in a criminal act.

These funds were disbursed between 2016 and 2022.

Ongata, the owner of Galmalink company, allegedly received Ksh 14,560,446 from Oscar Mwaura and Victor Owuor, knowing it was proceeds of corruption.

The accused were released on a bail of Ksh 10 million each and a surety of the same amount, or they could pay a cash bail of Ksh 5,000,000.

This case marks a significant development in the fight against corruption in Kenya, as it involves a high-ranking official allegedly misappropriating a substantial sum of public funds.

The court proceedings will shed more light on the details of the alleged embezzlement and provide an opportunity for justice to be served.