GOVERNOR IN COURT

Lenolkulal charged over loss of Sh84m public funds

In Summary

• Samburu governor denied charges

• Lenolkul is accused of using his company - Oryx service station - to supply petrol and diesel to the county

Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal arrives at Milimani law courts on Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal arrives at Milimani law courts on Tuesday, April 2, 2019
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Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkunal was on Tuesday charged with four counts of abuse of office and conflict of interest leading to the loss of Sh84.6 million public funds.

He has denied all the charges.

Lenolkul is accused of using his company - Oryx service station - to supply petrol and diesel to the county.

The prosecution does not oppose bail, but wants restrictions imposed against the normal functioning of the governor and the 13 others co-accused.

They want the governor denied access to county offices for a period of 24 months and director of Ifmis asked to suspend access rights for all the 14 accused.

Lenolkulal was arrested on Tuesday morning by EACC over Sh2 billion he is suspected to have looted from the county coffers.

DPP Noordin Haji gave the nod for the arrest of the Samburu Governor on Monday night.

The governor is said to have failed and or neglected to disclose his interest in the said service station.

"It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law and in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public state officers," Haji said in a statement on Tuesday morning.