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DPP Haji clears Governor Mutua in Subaru cars purchase case

In a consent entered at the Court of Appeal, Haji stopped the investigation and prosecution of Governor Mutua over the matter/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has cleared Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua of any wrong doing on the purchase of Subaru vehicles in 2013.

In a consent entered at the Court of Appeal, Haji stopped the investigation and prosecution of Governor Mutua over the matter.

Mutua had argued that he had saved the Government money by using only Sh35 million instead of the allocated Sh140 million and that he was being pursued for saving the public money.

The case had been sent to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) by former Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama on behalf of WIPER party, in what Mutua viewed as political witch hunt.

Mutua had moved to the Court of Appeal to challenge High Court decision that dismissed his petition to stop his prosecution for fraud.

The parties in the case also agreed to bear the individual costs.

“This appeal be and is hereby marked as withdrawn in terms that EACC and DPP undertake not to institute any criminal charges against the appellant.”

The EACC and DPP undertook not to institute any criminal charges against the governor as they were the subject of a criminal case in Machakos court.

The consent was recorded before Roslyn Nambuye, Otieno Odek, and Asike Makhandia.

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