Court adjourns Governor Ali Korane’s Sh 233 graft case

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Garissa County Governor Ali Korane before Nairobi Anti-corruption court during the hearing of his graft case

The Anti-corruption court has adjourned the Sh 233 million graft case against Garissa Governor Ali Korane due to documents hitch.

Lawyer Issa Mansour made the application for adjournment to allow the defense to put their house in order to allow the trial proceed.

Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed the case to resume on 28th June when the first witness who was stood down will continue testifying against Korane and his co-accused persons over bribery allegations.

The witness, former co-ordinator for the Urban Support program Vincent Onyango Ogutu that the total grant disbursed was Sh 11.4 billion and Garissa was granted Sh 233 million.

“The purpose of the grant of over Sh 233 million was to finance infrastructure investment in the urban areas in municipalities,” said Ogutu.

Korane is charged alongside four county officials, Ibrahim Malow Nur, Mohamed Ahmed Abdullahi, Abdi Shale and Ahmed Abdullahi Aden with eight counts of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, failure to comply with procurement law relating to management of public funds and misappropriation of public funds.

They are accused of conspiring to commit an economic crime namely, mismanagement of public funds allocated to the county government of Garissa as a conditional grant for the Kenya Urban support Programme (KUSP) amounting to Sh 233,506,000.