Garissa Governor Korane denies Sh235M fraud charges, freed on Sh3.2M bail

Korane denies charges

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Garissa Governor Ali Korane was arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi on Tuesday, September 15 after being questioned by EACC officials.

Governor Korane and the other 4 were charged with conspiracy to commit an offense of economic crime, willful failure to comply with laws related to the management of funds, and misappropriation of public funds.

Korane together with the four; Ibrahim Malow Nur, Mohamed Ahmed Abdullahi, Abdi Shale, and Ahmed Abdullahi Aden denied the charges.

Magistrate Ogoti released the Governor on a cash bail of Ksh.3.2 million bond and also barred him from accessing the office.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin HajiĀ  on Thursday, September 10 had ordered the prosecution of Garissa Governor Ali Korane and four senior county officials over alleged embezzlement of Sh233,506,000 million from the World Bank.

In a statement released on Thursday, September 10, the DPP said the investigations uncovered that the money was given to the county under the Kenya Urban Support Programme instead of being used for the construction of a market, re-carpeting of CBD roads, putting up of pedestrian walkways, and setting up of drainages, it was diverted between February and September 2019.

The statement further said diversions were facilitated by the four-county officials who are the Finance chief officer Ibrahim Malow, Treasury head Mohammed Abdullahi, Municipality CEC Abdi Shale, and head of accounting at the municipal, Ahmed Aden.

 

The investigations, carried out by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), conclude that Governor Korane abdicated his responsibilities leading to the misappropriation of the grant funds.

The five will be charged with five counts which include Conspiracy to commit an offense of economic crime, misappropriation of public funds, abuse of office, engaging in a project without prior planning, and willful failure to comply with the law. Other charges they will face include engaging in a project without prior planning contrary to provisions in the Public Finance Management Act and abuse of office.

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