KISUMU, Kenya, May 12 – Embattled suspended Kisumu County Assembly Majority Leader Samuel Ong’ou will spend the night at Koru police station as six of his accomplices denied charges of corruption economic and crimes over foreign trips deal.
Appearing before Kisumu principal magistrate Thomas Obutu, former Speaker Ann Adul and her husband Elijah Adul, former clerk Nelco Sagwe, former minority leader Edwin Anayo and directors of Factor Connect Samuel Odera and Mildred Omondi denied the charges.
They were granted bonds of Sh2 million each plus one surety of similar amount or cash bail of Sh1 million each.
The first charge implicates the five members of the Public Service Board over failure to adhere to procurement laws contrary to Section 45 Sub Section 2(b) as read with Section 48 of the Anti Corruption and Economic Crimes Act.
The second charge implicates Adul and her husband, Sagwe and the two directors of Factor Connect for conspiring to defraud the Kisumu County Government of Sh17.4 million for three international trips to Israel, Singapore and China.
The third charge is for Odera, Mildred and Factor Connect for fraudulently acquisition of public property.
While giving the ruling Principal Magistrate Obuto granted an application by prosecutor Lazarus Kirtuy that Ong’ou be held by police after two officers were injured while in the course of arresting him at his home in Awasi.
“I allow the application by the state and I direct that the third accused be remanded at the police station until tomorrow to enable the police to finalize their investigations,” he said.
The prosecutor said that there were compelling reasons to warrant Ong’ou to be held in custody since two officers who had gone to arrest him were attacked and injured by a mob.
He said more charges were likely to be preferred against Ong’ou following the incident on Monday morning.
Kirtuy said Ong’ou should be held in custody for three more days to allow investigations into the incident.
He presented affidavits sworn by two officers to that effect.
Ong’ou’s lawyer Richard Onsongo opposed the application saying there was politics in it urging the court not to be dragged into the politics and grant his client bond.
Obutu ordered him held at the police station until Wednesday when his bail application will be heard.