A Lecturer in the University of Nairobi has been sentenced to three Years in Jail or pay a fine amounting to sh. 150,000 for allegedly asking a bribe from a student.
The Lecturer who goes by the name Vincent Mbindo Kathumo who belongs to the department of land resource management and Agriculture Technology asked his Student Dancun Kibet for a bribe of sh. 3,000 so that he can forgive him for cheating in exams.
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The Student who was then at the upper Kabete Campus told the Court that he was sitting for his exams on December 21st 2016 where Mr. Kathumo noticed there was a Cellphone in his pocket, and being against the exams rules, the Lecturer took it together with his exams paper to serve as evidence, and later kicked out of the Class together with 20 others and were told to re-sit for the exams the next year.
“He took my Cellphone away together with my exams paper, and also some other 20 students who were also found with phones. After the exams, he returned our phones and took the names and our mobile numbers and told us to prepare to re-sit for the exams in January 2017.” Kibet asserted.
When the time came to re-take the exams in 2017, the Lecturer called Kibet and asked to meet him in his Office. However during the meeting, Mr. Kathumo asked for a bribe of sh. 2,000 so that he can forgive him and another 3,000 so that he can help him to re-sit for his examination.
Kibet took a step to call his father and informed him what the Lecturer demanded. They reported the issues to the deputy vice Chancellor of the University, who in turn advised them to report to the Central Police Station in Nairobi. They were later referred to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission.
The Student went to the EACC as directed by the Police, and once he was there, his Lecturer called to inquire why he was taking much time before sending the money.
“I put our Conversation on loud speaker and recorded everything in the presence of the EACC investigator. Mr. Kathumo asked for 3,000 shillings first and added that I will complete the balance later.” Kibet said.
After sending the bribe, Kibet confirmed that his marks had been updated. Anti-Corruption Magistrate hon. Lawrence Mugambi found him guilty of the Offense and Sentenced him to three Years in Jail or pay a fine amounting to sh 150,000 Kenyan shillings.
Another Justice in the case Mumbi Ngugi seconded him saying that this case demonstrates the dismal Moral Chasm into which we have fallen as a society. He is a Lecturer holding a position of authority and responsibility to open the minds of his Students but has abused his position to intimidate and receive bribes from the Students.”
However, the Don came to his defence claiming that he donated the money to a needy person.