FORMER TRANSPORT CS SUMMONED TO ANSWER TO ABUSE OF OFFICE CHARGE’S.

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Engineers Mwangi Maingi and Nicholas Nganga before Nairobi Anti-Corruption Court.
BY NT CRIME CORRESPONDENT.

Former Transport Cabinet Secretary Engineer Michael Kamau will on 30th to answer to abuse of office.

The charge’s are in relation to Kamukunywa-Kaptama –kapsokwony Sirisia Road -33 million shillings tender.

The summons to appear in court were issued by Anti-corruption Magistrate Douglas Ogot.

“We are applying for summons to be issued to Engineer Michael Kamau to appear in court to answer to the charges he is facing,”Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Alloys Kemo told the court.

The former CS is expected to be charged afresh to four counts.

The prosecution alleges that Kamau on March 15, 2008, conspired with Ministerial Tender Committee members by allegedly ignoring Government regulations and re-designed the Kamukuywa-Kapsokwony-Sirisia road leading to a loss of 33,303,600 million Shillings.

Kamau is also accused of colluding with officials of the Kundan Singh Construction Company, which built the road, to trash the consultant’s design thereby resulting in massive embezzlement of the public funds.

He is also charged with abuse of office charges. It is alleged that the he used their offices to cause the road to be redesigned despite its earlier design by EngiConsult Consulting Engineers Limited.

This will be the second time Kamau will be appearing before the court for trail after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ordered that he be charged afresh over corruption.

Court of Appeal last year stopped his trial over allegations of abuse of office.

Appellate Judges Milton Makhandia, William Ouko and Kathurima M’inoti ruled that the criminal proceedings against Kamau pending before the anti-corruption court be put on hold until June 23 when they will give a ruling on the case.

The former CS is appealing against a High Court decision which ordered him to continue with the trial despite claims that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was not properly constituted to investigate and recommend charges against him.

According to the DPP’s office, there is new evidence sufficient to convict the former CS whose previous case was dismissed by Court of Appeal.

Engineers Mwangi Maingi and Nicholas Nganga have pleaded not guilty to four counts among them abuse of office.

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