NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – A land case pitting former Finance Minister Amos Kimunya will now have to proceed to full hearing.
This is after the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission declined to have the matter settled out of court after receiving crucial documents in relation to the case.
Trial magistrate Felix Kombo heard that the documents are confidential and sensitive and only need to be scrutinised by the court to reach a determination.
Consequently Kombo has fixed January 23-24, 2017 as hearing dates.
The former minister is facing charges of abuse of office, breach of trust and fraudulent disposal of public property arising from his stint in the ministry of Lands.
Kimunya is charged alongside former Director of Land Adjudication and Settlement Lillian Wangiri and Midlands Limited Chairman Junghae Wainaina.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions sanctioned the charges against them on the recommendation of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission which said investigations showed that they conspired to defraud the Ministry of Agriculture when Kimunya was the Minister of Lands.
Kimunya and Wangiri are accused of allocating the Sh60 million piece of land to Midlands from 75 acres that belonged to the Ministry of Agriculture and that had been reserved for a potatoes seed multiplication project.
EACC accused Kimunya of failing to disclose at the time that he was not only a shareholder but a director but
Kimunya has denied breaching the public’s trust when he served as Lands Minister between 2002 and 2006.