Gover­nor Mu­tua gets re­prieve as Appeal Court stops his mag­is­trate’s court trial

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The Court of Appeal yes­ter­day stopped the pros­e­cu­tion of Machakos Gover­nor Al­fred Mu­tua over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions. Judges Eras­tus Githinji, GBM Kar­iuki and Kan­tai ole Sankale stopped Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions Ke­ri­ako To­biko and the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion from go­ing on with the case un­til an ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore them is de­ter­mined. “Orders is­sued by the honourable judge Isaac Le­naola al­low­ing the DPP to com­mence a crim­i­nal case against Mu­tua are stayed un­til the case is con­cluded,” they said. Mu­tua’s lawyer Wil­fred Nyamu told the judges the DPP and the EACC would ar­rest his client fol­low­ing Le­naola’s or­der. Mu­tua faces charges of abuse of of­fice in pro­cure­ment of 14 ve­hi­cles for the county’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers. He was to be charged in Fe­bru­ary 2015 over the al­leged ir­reg­u­lar pur­chases, but the case at the mag­is­trate’s court stalled af­ter he moved to the High Court.

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