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Ex-CS Kamau’s graft case halted pending appeal

Kamau when charged with abuse of office and failure to follow procurement rules on June 4, 2015/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – The trial of former Transport Cabinet Secretary Engineer Michael Kamau for corruption has been stopped pending the outcome of an appeal he has filed contesting the criminal proceedings.

Anti-Corruption Court Magistrate Felix Kombo ruled the proceedings will be temporarily halted until June 30 when the matter will be mentioned and further directions given.

On Wednesday, appellate judges Milton Makhandia, William Ouko and Kathurima M’Minoti stayed Kamau’s proceedings which were expected to begin Thursday.

The former CS is facing charges of flouting procurement procedures relating to the management of public funds in a tender on the design of the Kamukuywa-Kaptama-Kapsokwony-Sirisia Road.

The work was done by Engiconsult Consulting Engineers Limited at the cost of Sh33 million.

Kamau is the second CS under the Jubilee Administration to seek recourse in cases they believe were politically motivated.

Last month, the appellate court terminated proceedings against former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu.

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