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Probe ordered into missing documents in Kenya Power graft case

Haji says it is strange that the documents that were in the possession of Kenya Power cannot be traced, yet they are crucial in the case against former Managing Directors Ken Tarus and Ben Chumo/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has ordered investigations into the disappearance of documents meant for the prosecution of the corruption cases at the Kenya Power.

Haji says it is strange that the documents that were in the possession of Kenya Power cannot be traced, yet they are crucial in the case against former Managing Directors Ken Tarus and Ben Chumo.

The prosecution has already asked for an adjournment of the case to pave way for the investigations undertaken by the Director of Criminal Investigations.

Prosecutor Alexander Muteti told the court that an inquiry file has been opened to determine how the evidence touching on a report by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) disappeared.

Trial magistrate Lawrence Mugambi was asked to adjourn the matter until Friday and he is set to rule on the matter.
The Defense lawyers however opposed the application, describing it as a delaying tactic by the prosecution.

They Insisted that the accused should be acquitted if there is no evidence against then.

Chumo was arrested alongside Company Secretary Beatrice Meso and the General Manager for Regional Coordination, Peter Mwicigi.

They were charged with the fraudulent acquisition of public property, aiding the commission of a felony and abuse of office.

Other charges preferred against them include willful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement among others.

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