WEEK END MENTION

Sixty to testify for state in Lenolkulal's graft case

Prosecution says they will also rely on 205 documents

In Summary

• Governor has been charged with four counts of abuse of office and conflict of interest costing taxpayer Sh84.6 million. 

• He denied all charges and was freed on Sh150 million bond–one of the highest ever given in Kenyan courts. 

Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal
BARRED FROM OFFICE: Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal
Image: COURTESY

At least 60 prosecution witnesses including a forensic analyst will testify in Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal’s graft case. 

The prosecution revealed these details on Tuesday when Lenolkulal appeared for his pretrial before chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti.

Some 205 documents will be relied on in the matter, the prosecution said.

 

The anti-corruption magistrate directed the matter to be mentioned on October 11 for further directions. 

Lenolkulal is charged with four counts of abuse of office and conflict of interest leading to the loss of Sh84.6 million public funds.

He denies all charges and is out on Sh150 million bond and a surety of the same amount or an alternative of Sh100 million cash bail.

The county boss is accused of using his company-Oryx Service Station-to supply petrol and diesel to the county.

The prosecution did not oppose bail but had wanted restrictions imposed on Lenolkulal carrying his duties as governor and 13 other co-accused. 

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

The governor was arrested on March 26 by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives over Sh2 billion unaccounted for from the county coffers.

 

The governor is also said to have failed and or neglected to disclose his interest in the 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," DPP Noordin Haji said in a statement in March. 

Two months ago, the county boss appealed against Justice Mumbi Ngugi’s refusal to revise her ruling that barred governors implicated in graft from accessing office. 

Edited by R.Wamochie