David Onyonka, Chris Obure, Samuel Bundotich and former Postmaster General Francis Chahonyo at Milimani law courts where they are facing charges of abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud the government on Wednesday 4 March 2015.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Former finance minister David Mwiraria was taken ill yesterday on the day when fellow suspects in the multimillion Anglo Leasing scandal were arraigned in court.
Mr Mwiraria was expected to take a plea today alongside 13 other individuals for their role in the multimillion Anglo Leasing scandal, but lawyer Kioko Kilukumi told the court that the former finance chief is unwell and admitted to Karen Hospital.
The ex-minister is to be charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit an economic crime and defraud the government of Sh4.08 billion, and one count of engaging in a project without prior planning.
Charged alongside Mr Mwiraria are former provincial administration PS Dave Mwangi, former head of debt management at the treasury David Onyonka and former finance PS Joseph Magari.
Mr Mwangi, Mr Onyonka and Mr Magari denied the charges and will be released on Sh10 million bond and Sh3 million cash bail. The two PS were slapped with the same terms for separate charges, as they have also been accused of abuse of office and failure to comply with procurement laws.
The EACC investigations have also implicated Kisii senator Chris Obure who served as finance minister during President Daniel Moi’s era.
The Kisii Senator is also alleged to have granted special authorization for the execution of a suppliers credit financial agreement between the government and Universal Satspace, Joint Venture Company and First Mercantile Securities for the Postal Corporation project.
He was charged with two counts of abuse of office and two counts of breach of trust as a public officer while serving as minister of finance in 2002.
EACC investigators claim Mr Obure authorized the transport ministry to directly contract Spacenet Incorporated to supply very small aperture (VSAT) products without following public procurement procedures. The equipment was purchased for Postal Corporation’s rural internet services project.
Others charged with abuse of office are former information and communication PS Sammy Kyungu, former postmaster general Francis Chahonyo and former accounting secretary at the treasury Samuel Bundotich.
Presiding magistrate Ndung’u agreed to release Mr Kyungu, Mr Chahonyo and Mr Bundotich on a Sh1 million cash bail and Sh5 million bond. She further granted a request by DPP Tobiko to have released suspects surrender their travel documents.