, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – The Anti-Corruption Court has allowed Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine to travel to the United States of America to attend a weeklong Masters degree session.
He made an urgent application seeking release of his passport, which is being held as part of his bail terms.
The governor through his lawyer Paul Nyamondi told presiding Magistrate Felix Kombo that he will be traveling on May 31 and return on June 11 after completing his classes.
The court said the pre-trial conference scheduled to take place on June 5 would proceed in his absence.
The application for release of the passport was opposed by the prosecution through Alexander Muteti on grounds that no sufficient evidence has been placed in court to demonstrate that he his not a flight risk.
The passport was in addition to the Sh10 million he deposited in court.
The court in its ruling said he can get his passport as long as he provides a surety to assure the court that he will not run away from the jurisdiction of the court.
His lawyer assured the court the he will provide one on Monday to be cross-examined by the prosecution.
The governor will be prosecuted alongside 13 chief officers.
Kasaine and his co-accused were restrained from accessing the county’s funds when the case is still pending.
The court heard that between 27 March 2013 and 25 March 2019 at Maralal Township within Samburu County, being the governor, his deputy, County secretary, Chief officers and head of supply chain respectively conspired to defraud Sh84 million belonging to the county.
The governor denied four counts that include abuse of office, conflict of interest and unlawful acquisition of public property contrary to section 45(1) and 48 of the Anti Corruption and Economic Crime Act 2003.
The prosecution said that the governor used his office to improperly confer a benefit of 84,695,995 million through Oryx Service Station a business entity he owns .that he used to supply fuel to the county.