DPP seeks to terminate Sh 122M graft case against Kakamega DG Ayub Savula

Kakamega Deputy Governor Ayub Savula and his wives Melody Gatweri Ringera and Helen Kepkor Kemboi at Milimani Law Courts where the DPP made an application to terminate the Sh 122M graft case against them and 21 others. PHOTO/Sam Alfan

Kakamega Deputy Governor Ayub Savula and his co-accused persons can smile after the Director of Public Prosecution made na application to terminate the Sh 122 million graft case against them.

The prosecuting counsel Wesley Nyamache told Chief Magistrate Lukas Onyina the the office of the DPP did not wish to proceed with the case.

This is after the High Court ruled that the contractual agreements between the Ministry of Information and companies associated with Savula were valid and legally binding.

Savula and his wives, Melody Gatweri Ringera and Helen Kepkor Kemboi were charged as directors of Sunday Publishers Limited, Melsav Company Limited, Johnnewton Communications, Express Media Group, No Burns Protection Agencies Limited, Cross Continents Ventures Limited, and Shieldlock Limited which are said to have irregularly received Sh 122.3 million from the Ministry.

The three, together with 21 others were charged in 2018 with several offenses including conspiring to commit an offense of stealing, abuse of office, aiding the commission of a felony, making a document without authority, obtaining by false pretense and attempting to obtain money by false pretense.

The High Court further made an order that the government should pay Savula and his companies Sh 58 million for breach of contract.

Prosecutor Nyamache added hat the DPP has directed the DCI to investigate and bring to book people behind the death of Jennifer Wambua who passed on after giving evidence in the criminal case against Savula.

The deceased disappeared after testifying in the case and her body later found in the Ngong Forest.

The magistrate will deliver the ruling on the application to terminate the case on 1st July 2024.