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42 witnesses to testify in Sh 14M graft case against Governor Mike Sonko.

by Faith Karanja

Lawyer Cecil Miller,John Kithi (center) and Governor Sonko

42 witnesses have been lined up to testify against Governor Mike Sonko in Sh 14M graft case.

The prosecution said they will send scanned evidence documents to the defense in two weeks’ time.

“I order that during the hearing only one defense lawyer will prosecute one witness to avoid delay of the case,” ruled Magistrate Eunice Nyutu.

Defense lawyers Cecil Miller and John Kithi had urged the prosecution to reveal to them how many witnesses will be protected.

“The prosecution should indicate the sequence and the order that the witnesses will follow each other,” added Miller.

Miller added that for them to be able to prepare proper defense, they should be informed of the chronological order of the witnesses.

Nyutu said that the issue of reduced evidence will be handled during the mention date which is October 27,2020.

In the case,it is alleged that the governor, in December 2018, received an indirect private interest of Sh8.4 million from Fred Odhiambo in a contract for hiring heavy equipment.

ROG Security and its director Jamal were further accused of unlawfully receiving Sh14 million through Equity Bank from Odhiambo. The money was in respect of a contract for hiring heavy equipment. ROG is accused of having received it whilst knowing it formed proceeds of crime.

Magistrate Peter Ooko who was earlier handling the matter had said that bond terms issued to Sonko and his co-accused would remain pending the hearing and determination of the matter.

The case will be heard on September 21. Sonko has similar corruption cases before other courts. 

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