DPP says he has new evidence against Governor Korane in Sh 233 million graft case

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Garissa County Governor Ali Korane at Milimani Law court at a past date

The Director of Public Prosecution now says he has new evidence against Garissa County Governor Ali Korane in the Sh 233 million graft case.

On Monday, when the case came up for hearing, the prosecution told trial magistrate Douglas Ogoti that in the course of the pre-trial with witnesses, they discovered new evidence which will be vital for the case.

The state requested for 14 days to serve the defence with the new evidence.

The magistrate allowed the DPP’s application to introduce the new evidence within 14 days and a further two weeks for the defense to prepare.

The case will proceed on 19th April 2021.

The governor is facing charges of willful failure to comply with the laws relating to management of public funds, misappropriation of public funds, abuse of office among other offences in relation to the Sh 233 million World Bank funded Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) project.

He is charged alongside Garissa County Chief of finance Ibrahim Nur Malow, Head of treasury Mohamed Ahmed Abdullahi, County Executive officer municipality Abdi Shalevand Head of Accounting at the municipal Ahmed Abdulahi Aden.

The money was meant to support municipalities, re-carpeting of Garissa Township CBD roads, construction of Qorahey market, construction of stormwater drainage and pedestrian walkways.