Former Permanent secretary ministry of information Bitange Ndemo,Julius Kilonzo, former Land commissioner Zablon Agwata Mabea,Julius Mbau Nyuko,Saitoti’s brother Ronald Leposo Musengi and Machakos senator Johnson Muthama at Milimani Law court where they pleaded not guilty to all charg of stealing Sh 179 million from the government.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Machakos senator Johnson Muthama, Saitoti’s brother Ronald Leposo Musengi and four others have been formerly charged with offense of stealing Sh 179 million from the government.
The accused appeared before Chief magistrate anti- corruption court Maureen Mulekyo and denied the charges brought against them by the prosecution.
The senator with his co-accused former Permanent secretary ministry of information Bitange Ndemo, Julius Kilonzo, former Land commissioner Zablon Agwata Mabea, and Julius Mbau Nyuko presented themselves to court, following the summons that were issued against on an application by special prosecutor Paul Muite.
Muthama through his battery of lawyers led by Dr John Khaminwa, James Orengo, Kethi Kilonzo and harun Ndubi persuaded the court to release the accused with reasonable cash bail on grounds that they have honored the summons requiring them to appear in court for plea taking.
The trial magistrate ordered that each accused person do deposit a cash bail of Sh 1.5 million to secure their release pending the hearing of the criminal case.
Former PS Ndemo was charged with four counts of failure to adhere to procurement procures while signing for the contract to purchase 5 acres of land located at Malili Ranch, he was further accused of abuse of office.
The six were jointly charged of stealing Sh 179 million being the proceeds of the sale of the land to the government.
Whereas Saitoti’s brother Musengi was charged separately charged of intent to defraud and obtained Sh 40 million from LSK chairman Eric Mutua by falsely pretending that his company Gateway Logistics acted as sales agent between Malili Ranch and the government.
Their case will mention on 19 September 2014.