Heads to Roll as Kenyan Officials Arrested Over Scholarship Scam

An investigation by Kenyan authorities into a U.S.$7 million Finland Scholarship Programme scam, has led to the arrest of a Uasin Gishu country Senator Jackson Mandago and two top officials, Joshua Lelei and Meshack Rono, Capital FM reports.

They are alleged to have conspired to steal millions from an account domiciled at the Kenya Commercial Bank in Eldoret registered under the Uasin Gishu Education Trust Fund. The funds were meant for overseas university fees for students from the county.

The scholarship saga put the county in the spotlight after it emerged parents paid over U.S.$1 million in exchange for the overseas scholarship programme.

President William Ruto says the government will immediately facilitate local scholarships for students affected in the Finland Scholarship Programme fiasco.

Ruto said that all the culprits in scholarship scandal must refund the cash, failure to which they will face the consequences.


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