LAST WITNESS UNWELL

Obure's Sh928 million Anglo Leasing case adjourned

Hearing moved to September 26 when officer will wind up testimony in 16-year-old case

In Summary

• He and three others are charged with abuse of office over a 2003 contract.

• One of the co-accused, former Post Master General Francis Chahonyo, is dead.

Anglo Leasing suspects Samuel Bundotich, Chris Obure,Sammy Chyungu and Francis Chahonyo at the Miliamani Law courts on Wednesday.Photo/Philip Kamakya
Anglo Leasing suspects Samuel Bundotich, Chris Obure,Sammy Chyungu and Francis Chahonyo at the Miliamani Law courts on Wednesday.Photo/Philip Kamakya

The Anti-Corruption Court has postponed a Sh928 million Anglo Leasing case against former Kisii Senator Chris Obure and three others after the investigating officer failed to show up.

The case had been scheduled for hearing before trial magistrate Anne Mwangi but it could not proceed since the officer, who is the last witness, was reported to be unwell.  

The magistrate adjourned the hearing until September 26 when the investigating officer is expected to wind up his testimony in the 16-year-old case.

 Obure who is currently the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development is charged alongside former Information PS Sammy Kyungu, Samuel Bundotich and former  Post Master General Francis Chahonyo who has since died.

They are charged with abuse of office over a contract signed between the government and three US companies to supply internet services in 2003.  

The contract, which Obure is accused of authorising to be signed between the government and Spacenet Corporation, among others, was worth $11.8 million (Sh928 million).  

Witnesses say the accused grossly inflated prices of the Kenya Prisons Security and Telecommunication project, Kenya Police Airwing project, broadband network and 15 other police security projects without Parliament's approval.

The witnesses further informed the court that the accused signed and approved all the security projects without following proper procurement procedures.

Prosecution witnesses in the case include Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, former Attorney General and Busia Senator Amos Wako and former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Kenya Jacinta Mwatela.