Court Acquits Former Finance Minister Chris Obure Of Charges In Sh928M Anglo Leasing Graft Case

by Lawyer Alex

Former Finance Minister Christopher Obure, former Transport Permanent Secretary Sammy Kyungu and ex-Finance Secretary Samuel Bundotich have been acquitted of charges in the Anglo Leasing graft case.

A Nairobi court on Friday ruled that the three never benefited from the Ksh.928 million project, for which they were charged 7 years ago.

According to the trial magistrate Ann Mwangi, the prosecution failed to prove its case against the three.

The court noted that all the three investigators in the case could not tell who initiated the project.

Obure, addressing the media outside the court after the ruling, said: “All this has now come to an end and the truth has finally come out. What the magistrate said is that we did not derive any benefits out of any decisions we took and the contract we executed during that period.”

The court in September last year ruled that the three had a case to answer in the Anglo leasing scandal over the procurement of VSAT satellite for the Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK).

They faced various counts for offences committed between March and July 2002 among them abuse of office and breach of trust against the public.

The scandal involved 18 State security contracts which are alleged to have been awarded without diligence tests on the suppliers.

According to the prosecution, the agreements were bloated and contracts not executed leading the country into losing billions of shillings.


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