Samburu Governor Charged With Corruption Released on Sh100m Bail

Samburu Governor Lenolkulal
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Samburu County Governor Moses Lenolkulal who was arrested by officers from the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) over a Ksh84 million fuel scam has been released on Ksh 150 million bond with a surety of similar amount or Ksh100 million cash bail after denying all graft charges leveled against him.

Arraigned in Milimani Law Courts before Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate, the governor was charged with four counts of abuse of office and conflict of interest leading to the loss of Sh84.6 million public funds. He was accused of using his company – Oryx service station – to supply petrol and diesel to the county.

“Between March 27, 2013 and March 25, 2019, at Samburu County, being the Governor of Samburu County Government, you used your office to improperly confer upon yourself a benefit of Ksh.84,695,996.55 through Oryx Service Station, a business entity owned by yourself, through the supply of fuel to Samburu County Government,” read the charge sheet.
His arrest was decreed by Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji, hours after DPP’s office ordered prosecution of the top officials of Samburu County government over the scandal.

“The governor failed and or neglected to disclose his interest in the said Service Station. It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law and in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public and state officers,” Haji noted in a statement.

The prosecution has put restrictions on normal functioning of the governor and the 13 others suspects demanding the governor to be denied access to county offices for a period of 24 months and director of Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) asked to suspend access rights for all the 14 accused.

The Sh100 Million cash bail granted to Samburu Governor the highest ever slapped on a graft suspect by the Judiciary eating into taxpayers hard earned money.

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