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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

DPP Haji tightens noose on Korane

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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Garissa Governor Ali Korane could be in more trouble after Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji told the Court that he has new evidence in Sh233million graft case.

On Monday during a hearing before trial magistrate Douglas Ogoti, Haji through senior state counsel Mercy Gateru told the court that they have new information in the case against Korane and his co-accused persons.

According to Gature, in the course of pretrial with the witness, they discovered new evidence, which will be vital for the case and sought 14days to serve the defense with the new evidence.

The Magistrate agreed with DPP’s application to introduce new evidence within 14 days and a further two weeks for the defense to prepare.

The case was adjourned until April 19 for hearing.

In the case Korane is charged together with four county officials with eight counts of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, failure to comply with procurement law relating to management of public funds and misappropriation of public funds.

The were charged that between February 25, 2019 and September 30, 2019 within Garissa County they mismanaged public funds allocated to the County Government of Garissa as a conditional grant for the Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) amounting to Sh 233.506.000.

Korane and his co-accused 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 Sh3.2 million or Sh5milllion bond and also barred him from accessing office.

The other accused persons, who are also county officials were granted a cash bail of Ksh.1.2 million and also barred from accessing office.

The five accused persons were also directed to deposit their passports with the court.

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