BY NT CORRESPONDENT.
Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal who has been charged with the the loss of funds of over Sh 87 has suffered a major blow after the court slapped him with a hefty cash bail of Sh 100 million.
In his ruling Milimani Chief magistrate dougly Ogoti concurred with the prosecution that the county boss to be grantee stiff bail terms saying that the charges he faces are very serious.
“I hereby order the accused person to be released on a Sh 150million bond or a cash bail of Sh 100 million,” ruled the magistrate.
The learned magistrate Ogoti barred the Governor from access the Samburu County government offices in Maralal town.
The governor denied several charges of conspiracy to commit economic crimes and conflict of interest. However his 13 co-accused persons did not plead to the charges as they are yet to be apprehended.
In the case Lenolkulal is charged alongside his Deputy governor Julius Lawrence Leseeto, county secretary Stephen Siringa Letinina, Chief County Secretary Danuel Nakuo Lenolkirina, Josephine Naamo Lenasalia, Reuben Marumben Lemunyete. Linus Milton Lenolngenje, Paul Lolmingani, Benard Ltarasi Lesurmat, Lililian Balanga , Andrew Ropilo Lanyasunya, David England Loosenge and Geofrey Barun Kitewan.
The charges against them states that between March 27 ,2013 and March 25,2019 at Maralal town within Samburu County being Governor of Samburu county conspired to commit an offence of corruption namely abuse of office leading to unlawful payment of Kshs. 84,695,996,55 to Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal oryx service station.
The Director of Public Prosecution through his assistant Alexander Muteti urged the court to order Samburu Governor Kasaine to stay away from office for 24 months.
He said the Governor is facing serious charges and prosecution will call witnesses who work at his office.
Muteti, he applied the court to order director of treasury IFMIS to block all the accused persons in the case from accessing it.
However the court has directed the DPP to file a formal application on the issues.
The Governor who was arrested on Tuesday Morning is alone accused that between March 27,2013 and March 25,2019 at Samburu County being the government County being an agent at the samburu county government as the Governor and being the sole proprietor of ORYX Service Station , he knowingly acquired a direct private interest in contracts between Oryx Service Station and Samburu County Government for supply of fuel.
Lenolkulal and Hesbon Jack Wachira Ndathi are accused that between March 27,2013 and March 25,2019 within Samburu county being the Governor od Samburu County and Private person , they unlawfully acquired public property worth Kshs. 84, 695,996.55 for the supply of fuel to Samburu County Government through Oryx Service Station.
His arrest and arraignment in court followed after the DPP recommended his prosecution together with his 13 co-accused persons after satisfied he has enough evidence to prove the charges against him.