Kimunya fraud case for July

Transport Minister Amos Kimunya.Photo Elkana Jacob
Transport Minister Amos Kimunya.Photo Elkana Jacob

THE hearing of a case in which former Cabinet minister Amos Kimunya and three others are charged with abuse of office by fraudulent disposal of Sh60 million public property has been postponed to July 14.

Kimunya appeared before principal magistrate Lucy Mbugua yesterday.

The case will be heard for three consecutive days.

The former Lands minister is jointly charged with Lilian Wangira Njenga, a director of Land Adjudication and Settlement, and Jughae Wainaina, the chairman of Midlands Ltd, a company associated with the former minister.

Kimunya recently lost an application to stop his prosecution after the High Court dismissed his petition.

The three have denied seven counts of abuse of office, failing to disclose a private interest to one's principal, and fraudulent disposal of public property.

The hearing dates were fixed after High Court judge Weldon Korri dismissed defence applications for judicial review.

The judge said the case should proceed at the lower court up to the end.

The court heard that in June 2005, Kimunya and Njenga allegedly used their offices to allocate to Midlands 25 acres of public land.

Kimunya, a former Kipipiri MP, is accused of failing to disclose that he was a director of Midland.

He is further accused of breach of trust and failing to protect public property.

Njenga is accused of breach of trust by disposing of public property, while Wainaina is accused of fraudulently acquiring public property registered in the name of Settlement Fund Trustee.

Wainaina and Midlands are accused of fraudulent acquisition of public property on February 6, 2006 at Ardhi House in Nairobi.