Kenyan graft suspects given bail

21 Jun 18

More than 40 people accused of corruption in a $100m graft case in Kenya, including state workers, were given bail on Tuesday.

The 43 suspects, arrested in late May, are facing charges including abuse of office and conspiracy to commit economic crime.  

This was after public money was lost at the government-run National Youth Service training scheme. The accused deny the charges.

Ordering the release of the suspects, Justice Hedwig Ong’udi said: “Even as I grant bail, I am alive to the seriousness of the charges the applicants and the co-accused are facing.”

Although, she added that she did not see a reason why they should not be offered bail.

The African country has faced a number of scandals where millions of shillings have been stolen by state officials since president Uhuru Kenyatta took office in 2013.

The $100m that went missing in the latest scandal at the NYS is believed to have been stolen through fake invoices for goods, such as firewood and stationary, as well as multiple payments on one supplier invoice.

Last week, the country’s auditor general Edward Ouko said corruption across all levels of the government was a threat to the integrity and basic function of the state.

The president ordered all government procurement and accounting chiefs to stop working earlier this month to take lie-detector tests in a move to root out corruption.

Kenyatta pledged to stamp out corruption when he was elected In 2013 but critics have said he has been slow to pursue top officials and ministers

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