March 2021
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Mary Walingo

Mary Walingo was Vice-Chancellor of the Maasai Mara University who the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered arrested and prosecuted over the misappropriation of over Ksh.177 million belonging to the institution in what came to be known as the Maasai Mara University Heist

This was in October 2020, nearly a year after media reports emerged indicating a grand theft of funds at the university had occured.

Walingo was charged alongside four other officials of the university including Prof. Simon Kasaine Ole Seno (Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance), Prof. John Almadi Obere (Acting Deputy VC Academic and Student Affairs between 2016 and 2019), Anaclet Biket Okumu (Finance Officer) and Noor Hassan Abdi (the Vice Chancellor’s driver).

The DPP said investigations had established that in the financial years between 2016- 2019 several cheques were used to irregularly withdraw funds from various Maasai Mara University accounts for personal use amounting to a sum of Ksh.177,007,754.

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