An anti-corruption court in Nairobi has sentenced a University of Nairobi Soil Science lecturer to three years in jail if he does not pay a Sh150,000 fine for soliciting a bribe from a student.
Mr Vincent Mbindo Kathumo reportedly found the student using a phone during an exam, confiscated the gadget and later asked Duncan Kibet for Sh3,000 bribe for the examination irregularity.
The Upper Kabete campus student told the court that the incident happened on December 21, 2016, when he was sitting for a Land Forms and Soil Formation exam.
“He confiscated my phone and the exam paper and asked me to leave the room. I was joined by around 20 students who had also been found with phones. After the exam, he took our numbers, returned our phones and told us to prepare to re-sit the exam in January 2017,” said Kibet, adding that his phone was switched off when the incident happened.
The lecturer would then in January ask to meet the student at his office. During the meeting, the lecturer demanded for Sh2,000 for forgiveness and some Sh3,000 to assist him re-sit the exam.
Kibet then informed his father of the don's demands. The two reported the matter to the institution's Deputy Vice-Chancellor who later referred them to the police.
The case was then referred to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
While at the EACC offices, the lecturer still called the student asking why the money had not been sent. The telephone conversation was recorded and used in court.
Anti-Corruption court magistrate Lawrence Mugambi found the lecturer guilty and sentenced him to three years or a fine of Sh150,000.