Garissa Governor Ali Korane fails to take plea in Sh 233M graft case

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Garissa County Governor Ali Korane inside a police land rover outside Milimani Law Courts

Garissa Governor Ali Korane and four county officials have failed to take plea in Sh 233 million graft case.

The Governor was whisked by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission officers in the midst of chaos caused by his supporters who did not want photographs and videos of him taken by the media.

Korane was kept inside a police land rover from 2 pm until 4.30 pm at the Milimani Law Courts parking where police were trying to maintain order as the supporters threatened the media.

However, he is still expected in court tomorrow morning together with his co-accused to plead to corruption charges.

The DPP approved the charges recommended by EACC after a probe into the matter.

The five will face 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 Supoort Programme (KUSP) project.

The Governor will be 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.

Instead, the money was allegedly diverted by the four officials.