Kenya cemetery land case set for July

May 12, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – A case in which suspended Local Government Permanent Secretary Sammy Kirui , former Nairobi Town Clerk John Gakuo and 13 others are accused of defrauding the City Council of Nairobi Sh283 million in a cemetery deal will be heard from July 27.

Trial magistrate Cecelia Githua fixed the hearing dates on Wednesday when the case came up for mention.

All the accused persons were in court and said through their lawyers that they were ready to defend themselves against the accusations levelled against them by the Kenya Anti-corruption Commission (KACC).

On Tuesday, Joseph Kojwado declined to enter plea saying he had obtained a High Court order blocking his prosecution until a constitutional application has filed challenging the case is heard and determined.

The State has urged the court to order that he enters plea arguing the order is not in relation to the case before court.

On Tuesday, Newton Omondo Osiemo and Alexander Musee presented themselves in court and denied the charges.

The two are accused of allegedly conspiring to defraud the public in the cemetery deal.   All the accused persons are out on a cash bail of Shs2.5 million.

Others facing related charges are the former head of the City Council’s legal department Mary Ngethe, lawyers Paul Chapia Onduso and Davies Odero Osiemo, Daniel Mulwa Nguku, Herman Chavera, Maina Chege and William Mayaka.

Meanwhile the Attorney- General has been given 14 days to file a response in a case in which Nairobi Mayor Godfrey Majiwa is seeking orders to block the Kenya Anti-corruption Commission from prosecuting him over the cemetery scandal.

Mr Majiwa is seeking to block KACC from indicting him over the scandal arguing there is no evidence.


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