The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) has condemned the summary dismissal of their member CPA Spenser Sankale Ololchike the whistle blower from the Maasai Mara University Council.
During a Press Briefing, ICPAK in partnership with Amnesty International Kenya and the Transparency international Kenya says that they want Spenser to be given back his work and position.
ICPAK Chairman George Mokua says failure to that, they will move to court to seek legal redress.
“The institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, Amnesty International Kenya and Transparency International Kenya jointly condemn the summary dismissal of CPA Spenser Sankale Ololchike in the strongest terms possible,” said Mokua.
Sankale was dismissed as the Senior Accountant at the Maasai Mara University on 17th of this month after he acted as a Whistle Blower in the Mara Heist.
The Executive Director Transparency International Kenya Sheila Masinde also said that they want the university to reinstate Spenser or they will be forced to go to court.
“We call on you as the University Council to immediately and unconditionally reinstate Spenser Sankale Ololochike. Failure to do so and we shall fully support him to seek legal protection in a court of law. Secondly, we shall call for the Director of Criminal Investigations, the Witness Protection Agency and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to probe this latest turn of events,” Said Masinde.
She also added that dismissing the CPA without hearing is an attempt to interfere with a state witness of a corruption case.
The Chairperson Amnesty International Kenya Renne Ngamau said that they want the Ministry of Education to investigate on the matter and also remove the acting University Vice Chancellor.
“We call on the Ministry of Education to probe further, and should the allegations be proven true, strongly consider immediately disbanding the University Council based on their incompetence in the implementation of their oversight mandate. Furthermore, that the Education Ministry consider taking steps to remove Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Onyango Kiche Magak and appoint a substantive Vice-Chancellor,” said Ngamau.
The three organizations stated that they will not stop fighting for the rights of the whistle blowers who help in fighting corruption.
ICPAK is also working on a whistle blowers policy and working on a member’s protection fund to support people like Sankale.
He also added that they have received a total of 32 corruption cases from 2019 with the year 2020 producing the highest number of cases.