, LAMU, Kenya, Jun 10 – Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa and four officials of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) have been charged before a Mombasa court over a Sh2.6 million fraud case.
The four were charged for making irregular transfer of Sh1.6 million meant for construction of Witu Cattle Dip while Ndegwa was further charged with irregular withdrawal of Sh1.05 million from the CDF kitty in 2013.
They have denied the charges before Mombasa Chief Magistrate Susan Chitubi and released on Sh3 million bond or alternative cash bail of Sh1 million each.
Hearing of the case will be on July 23.
The four officials Michael Thegeru, Yussuf Hassan, Sophia Wanjiru and Zakayo Gitonga were accused of misappropriating of funds contrary to CDF Act.
State Counsel Alexander Muteti said eleven witnesses have been lined up to testify in the case. Last week Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko directed that Ndegwa and six CDF officials be charged under the Anti Corruption and Economic Crime Act.
Two CDF officials Alfred Mnajema and Cornell Tuva were not present in court Wednesday to stand trial.
Their lawyer William Kahindi requested the court to serve them with relevant statement.
Ndegwa is among 175 high profile individuals probed by Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission.