Harakhe and Has­san fail to block NYS pros­e­cu­tion de­spite last-minute push

In a let­ter to the EACC, the DPP says there is suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to charge Harakhe with abuse of of­fice in the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice scan­dal

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A judge yes­ter­day re­fused to halt the pros­e­cu­tion of for­mer NYS se­nior deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral Adan Harakhe and for­mer chair­man of the Min­is­te­rial Ten­der Com­mit­tee Noor Has­san.

This was de­spite their last-minute ef­fort.

Judge Ge­orge Odunga, who han­dled the two sep­a­rate files, said he was not in a po­si­tion to is­sue any or­ders be­cause the mat­ter is sup­posed to be han­dled by the new anti-cor­rup­tion divi­sion.

“I will cer­tify this case as ur­gent, but I will not is­sue any or­ders be­cause it is not be­fore the cor­rect divi­sion,” the judge said. Odunga said the two cases raise press­ing is­sues. “I in­stead cer­tify the case and di­rect the reg­istry to trans­mit the files be­fore the anti-cor­rup­tion divi­sion for fur­ther di­rec­tion,” Odunga said.

Their lawyer Roger Sa­gana said the two have been sum­moned and are to ap­pear be­fore the EACC today. They are to record state­ments in con­nec­tion with pro­cure­ment ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the ten­der award for sup­ply and de­liv­ery of Sh47.6 mil­lion train­ing ma­te­ri­als

In his let­ter to the EACC, the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions said there is suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to charge Harakhe with abuse of of­fice for is­su­ing a lo­cal pur­chase order and au­tho­ris­ing pay­ment to a com­pany listed as Blue Star En­ter­prises. “The charges are friv­o­lous, and the in­ten­tion is only to em­bar­rass me,” Harakhe said.

‘CHARGES ARE FRIV­O­LOUS AND THE IN­TEN­TION IS ONLY TO EM­BAR­RASS ME’

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