, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22- A former powerful State official is yet to get the Director of Public of Prosecutions consent to a proposed out of court settlement in a Sh17.9 million corruption case he faces in a Nairobi court.
Joshua Kulei, a former Personal Assistant to ex-President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi has been charged alongside Managing Director of Kenya Airport Authority Peter Kipgeyon Langat, Wilson Gachanja, a former Lands Commissioner and Ezekiel Komen, who formerly worked at the Kenya Pipeline Company Ltd and the Gas Company Ltd.
The four have denied charges of conspiracy and abuse of office arising from the transfer of 12 plots irregularly excised from land belonging to the Kenya Airport Authority.
On his part, Kulei is separately charged with obtaining a whooping Sh17.9 million through the sale of public land in Mombasa to a private firm dealing with Gas.
The suspects told the court that they are pursuing an out of court settlement of the case but the prosecution is yet to hear from the DPP.
On Wednesday, the parties agreed to return to court on November 23 “to confirm whether the DPP and the EACC have agreed to the proposed settlement.”
According the prosecution, Kulei obtained Sh12 million from Gas Company Ltd on May 19,1999 in Nairobi and another Sh5.9 million by falsely pretending that Sian Limited had paid land rent, rates and assessment fees.
Earlier lawyers Pravin Bowry and Stephen Mwenesi who are representing the accused persons had blamed the prosecution for delaying the case.
The case has been pending before court for the last 15 years.