Kenyan Governor, 9 Others, Face Corruption Charges

By Ikenga Chronicles July 3, 2018

Kenyan Governor, 9 Others, Face Corruption Charges

Kenya’s top prosecutor, Noordin Haji, has on Tuesday revealed that a county governor, 9 others are to face charges including abuse of office and conspiracy to steal public funds.

Haji said that evidence presented by the national anti-corruption agency was enough to prosecute Sospeter Ojaamong, the governor of Busia County, and nine other officials accused of helping him to steal millions of Kenyan shillings in public funds.

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The prosecutor said in a statement that he had instructed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to arrest all of the suspects and have them brought before the court.

In Tuesday’s statement, Haji said the investigation into the governor had been resubmitted to his office in June.

“It had gaps that, in my opinion, if not covered would not have sustained a credible prosecution,” Haji wrote in a text message.

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The government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was re-elected in 2017, has said it is undertaking a renewed push to tackle graft.

Kenyan media have reported on more than a dozen corruption scandals involving state agencies and officials since Kenyatta took power, but there have been no convictions of high profile figures.

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