Kenyan Governor’s Corruption Case Postponed

The graft case facing Kenya’s Garissa Governor Ali Korane will be heard on July 28, 2021.

The hearing of the case kicked off on Monday but was adjourned after one witness was stood down because the defence did not have the documents that he was referring to.

Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti noted it was unfair to proceed with the case when the defence does not have the said documents, a decision that was approved by the prosecution.

Governor Korane, alongside four members of his administration, is accused of misappropriating grant funds amounting to ksh233 million ($2.1 billion) issued to the county by the World Bank for the financial year 2017/2018.

Under the Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP), the funds were meant to construct the Qorahey market, re-carpet Garissa township roads, and put up stormwater drainage and pedestrian walkways.

The five accused persons were arraigned in court on November 15, 2020, and charged with conspiracy to commit an offense of economic crime, willful failure to comply with laws related to the management of funds, and misappropriation of public funds.

The court heard they committed the alleged crimes between February 25, 2019, and September 30, 2019.

They denied the charges and were released on cash bail and barred from accessing the office.

The Governor and his accomplices were further ordered to deposit their passports with the court.

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