Four Garissa county officials and governor Ali Korane have denied graft allegations against them following the misappropriation of Ksh 233 million.
The money donated by the World Bank was for facilitating various projects within the county.
Governor Korane was charged alongside the municipal head of accounting Ahmed Abdullahi, municipality county executive officer Abdi Shale, head of Treasury Mohammed Ahmed Abdullahi, and county finance chief officer Ibrahim Nur Malow.
While appearing before the Milimani Anti-Corruption court, the five denied all the eight charges facing them. This was after spending Monday night at the Integrity Centre cells.
Some of the charges include willful failure to comply with laws relating to the management of funds, misappropriation of public funds, conspiracy to commit an offence of economic crime.
The officials committed the offences between February 25, and September 30 2019.
Governor Ali Korane’s crime
The governor, on the other hand, faced charges for failing to take advise against misappropriation of funds meant for county resources.
Following his actions, the governor contributed to the loss of Ksh 233.5 million given to his administration for the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP), as a conditional grant.
Upon denying the charges, Mr Korane sought to be released on bail pending hearing and determination of the case.
Ban from accessing the county offices
Through their lawyers Paul Nyamodi and Ahmednassir Abdullahi, the five fought a directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions that prevents them from accessing their offices.
According to the lawyers’ argument, the charge sheet didn’t possess any offence; hence, they didn’t have to remain in custody.
Through State Counsel Alexander Muteti, the DPP requested the court to follow the High Court’s example where five other governors were denied access to their offices for graft charges.
Those locked out for abuse of office and corruption charges include Kiambu’s former governor Ferdinand Waititu, Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka-Nithi), Okoth Obado (Migori), Mike Sonko (Nairobi), and Samburu’s Moses Lenolkulal.