PASSPORT RELEASED

Court allows Governor Lenolkulal to fly out to Greece

He will be part of a delegation of governors to attend talks on developing economic relations.

In Summary
  • His passport was deposited in court as part of bail terms and conditions when he was charged in 2019.
  • Magistrate said he was convinced that the county chief is not a flight risk .
Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkunal at a Milimani court on April 2, 2019.
IN THE DOCK: Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkunal at a Milimani court on April 2, 2019.
Image: FILE

An anti-corruption court has allowed Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal to travel to Greece on official duties on the condition that he discloses his contact person here in Kenya.

Magistrate Thomas Nzyoki ordered the release of the governor's passport for a limited period to enable him travel from September 25 to October 2.

Lenolkulal told the court that he has been formally invited to Greece as part of an official delegation of governors to attend talks on developing economic relations with stakeholders in the European nation.

He told the court that he urgently requires his passport, which was deposited in court as part of the bail terms and conditions when he was charged in 2019, for purposes of processing a visa and obtaining other necessary clearance for his travel to Greece.

He said the Sh10 million which he deposited in court as cash bail is sufficient to guarantee his attendance whenever he is required.

The court allowed his application after considering that he is a sitting governor and his visit to Greece is beneficial to his county and its people.

Nzyoki also said he was convinced that the county chief is not a flight risk but he will be required to file an affidavit on or before September 16 disclosing his contact person in Kenya and giving an undertaking of his return.

“Once you are back, you must deposit your passport to court on or before October 5,” the magistrate said.

The governor was in 2019 charged with abuse of office and conflict of interest leading to the loss of Sh84 million public funds. He denied all the charges.

 

Edited by Henry Makori