Trial of govt officers implicated with corruption aborts
08 July 2015, 09:48
Nyeri - An anti-corruption case involving three Nyeri County Government senior officials failed to proceed Tuesday after it emerged that they had not been booked at the law courts registry.
The three were Simon Wachira who is the Chief of staff at Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s office, John Maina (Executive secretary for Lands and Infrastructure) and Martin Wamwea (Executive Secretary for Finance).
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Keriako Tobiko had recommended that they be tried on allegations of irregular procurement of technical audit services from Pleng (K) Ltd.
The DPP, in a statement, added that there was sufficient evidence of criminal culpability against the three for abuse of office and willful failure to comply with procurement regulations.
However, the suspects were already seated in court while accompanied by their colleagues and relatives when the prosecution said the ‘plea is yet to be registered at the court registry’.
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The chief magistrate, John Oyiengo argued that pleas are always registered at the registry before 9.am.
“Pleas must be registered at the registry before 9.am. Anything past that time should be under special circumstances,” said the magistrate.
The suspects’ lawyer, Edward Oonge separately explained that the prosecution adjourned the case indefinitely for him to ‘do some housekeeping issues’.
“They were to be charged but the DPP required more time to frame the charges,” said the lawyer.
The trio had been arrested by anti-corruption police on Monday and released on bond terms.
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