Governor's shock after being granted Sh100 million bail
SEE ALSO :Waititu grilled again over graft claimsHis troubles were worsened by the fact that his accounts were last week frozen, and a caveat put on his multi-million shilling property in Karen for six months to allow the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to complete investigations into alleged theft of Sh1.6 billion from his government. Mr Ogoti’s decision to break the barrier in determining the cash bail for suspected graft cartels caught everyone unawares after a two-hour session in which the governor was charged with four counts of economic crimes leading to the loss of Sh84.6 million in Samburu County. No other corruption case has previously attracted a cash bail of more than Sh20 million, with the suspects walking free as soon as the charges are read. “Considering the seriousness of the offence and the fact that the governor was eating from his own people by trading with a government he heads, he must pay a cash bail of Sh100 million to be released,” ruled Ogoti. In the alternative, the magistrate ordered the governor to deposit a bond of Sh150 million and surety of same amount.
SEE ALSO :15 Meru MCAs summoned by EACCThere has been constant public uproar and criticism from the Director of Public Prosecutions that graft suspects have been getting lenient bond terms, which enable them to walk free as the cases drags on. During the National Anti-Corruption Summit in February, President Uhuru Kenyatta accused the Judiciary of releasing suspects charged with multi-billion shilling corruption offences on lenient bail terms. According to the President, Kenyans’ spirits were dampened whenever they witnessed graft suspects released on "ridiculously low" bail terms. Ogoti imposed tough conditions that will see the governor barred from accessing his offices in Samburu. “Since his offices in Samburu, where he operates, is still considered a crime scene where the corruption took place, an order is issued stopping the governor from accessing his office pending determination of an application by the prosecution to have him out of office,” ruled Ogoti.
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