Governor Korane Dealt Blow As DPP Presents Fresh Evidence On His Graft Case

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Garissa Governor Ali Korane.

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions has now said it has new evidence against Garissa Governor Ali Korane in his Sh233 million corruption case.

Prosecutor Mercy Gateru on Monday told the court that they have new information in case against Korane and his co-accused.

Gateru told Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti that in the course of pre-trial with the witnesses they discovered new evidence which will be vital for the case.

Ogoti allowed the DPP 14 days to serve the defense and a further 14 days for the defense to prepare for the case.

The case which was set for hearing today was adjourned to April 19 as a result of the new information.

Korane was last September barred from accessing his offices until his corruption case against him is decided.

Ogoti issued the order barring office entry as he ruled on bail for Korane and four others charged with graft in the mismanagement of World Bank funds.

The governor was arraigned on charges of corruption relating to mismanagement of a Sh233 million World Bank grant for urban upgrade.

Korane was accused of misappropriating part of Sh233 million from the World Bank-funded Kenya Urban Support Programme.

The governor and four others were charged with conspiracy to commit an economic crime of fraud.

They denied the charge before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti.


Three suspects charged in the corruption case against Migori Governor Okoth Obado have filed an application at the Milimani Law Courts seeking to have the fraud case suspended pending hearing and determination of their petition.

The three; Joram Opala, Carolyne Ochola and Patroba Ochanda, want the court to review an order that declined to have the charges against them reduced.

Through their lawyer George Kithi, the three argue that their reputations built over the years have been irreparable and damaged by the exaggerated and excessive allegations.

In December last year, trial Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi declined to order the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to reduce 22 charges.

The three were charged alongside Obado and his four children in August last year. They were charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, several counts of conflict of interest and money laundering.

They want the court find that the charge sheet with 22 counts is complex and overloaded.

The matter has been certified as urgent and will be mentioned on March 10 before the duty judge Anti-corruption court.

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