BY SAM ALFAN.
Garissa Governor Ali Korane has denied graft charges becoming the fifth county boss to be barred from accessing his office.
Korane pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud Garissa county of Sh233,506,000.
He appeared before Milimani Anti-Corruption Corruption court Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti together with Ibrahim Malow Alias Ibrahim Malow Nur Shurie, Mohamed Ahmed Abdullahi, Aden Shale Bulle and Ahmed Abdullahi Aden.
They are accused that between February 25 and September 30, 2019 within Garissa County, they conspired to commit economic crime.
The charges stated that they mismanagement of public funds allocated to the county government as a conditional grant for the Kenya Urban support Programme (KUSP).
Governor Korane is accused that between February 5, 2018 and February 3, 2020 being the Governor and chief executive officer of the Garissa County, he willfully failed to comply with the law relating to the management and use of county resources thereby resulting to mismanagement of Sh233,506,000.
Ibrahim Nur and Mohamed Abdullahi are accused that between February 25 and May 21, 2019 at the Garissa County Government being the chief officer and head of treasury at the said Garissa county government respectively, unlawfully authorized the transfer of Kshs. 205,234,132 from Garissa County Kenya urban support programme (KUSP) account to various Garissa County Government accounts held at the central Bank of Kenya as per the attached appendix.
The governor on Tuesday was granted Sh3.2 million cash bail while the rest are to pay Sh1.2 million to secure their freedom.