Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of Garissa Governor Ali Korane over graft allegations.
Governor Korane will be indicted over the alleged embezzlement of Sh233 million World Bank grant released under the Kenya Urban Support Program.
He will be arraigned together with four Garissa county government officials after investigations revealed that a total of Sh233,506,000 was diverted on diverse dates between February 2019 and September 2019.
“The said funds were to be used for three specific municipal projects namely; construction of Qorahey market, recarpeting of Garissa Township Central Business District roads and construction of storm water drainage and pedestrian walkways,” Haji said in a statement.
The four county officials include Ibrahim Malow Nur (Chief Finance Officer), Mohamed Ahmed Abdullahi (Head of Treasury), Abdi Shale (County Executive Officer Municipality), and Ahmed Abdullahi Aden (Head of Accounting at the Municipal). The four are accused of facilitating the irregular transfer of the money.
Investigators from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) concluded that Governor Korane abdicated his responsibilities leading to the loss of the funds.
Korane and his co-accused will be charged with five graft-related offenses among them conspiracy to commit an offense of economic crime, misappropriation of public funds, abuse of office, engaging in a project without prior planning, and willful failure to comply with procurement law.