Garissa Governor Ali Korane has been granted a cash bail of Ksh 3.2 million or Ksh 5 million bond.
Korane has also been barred from accessing his county office and ordered to deposit his passport in court.
The embattled Governor after spending the night at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) cells was arraingned at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi over alleged embezzlement of Ksh.233.5 million World Bank grant.
Appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti, Governor Korane and four others were charged with conspiracy to commit an offence of economic crime, willful failure to comply with laws related to the management of funds and misappropriation of public funds.
The four co-accused are 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 who are county officials were granted a cash bail of Ksh 1.2 million and also barred from accessing their offices.
According to investigators, the misappropriated funds were a grant from the World Bank and were meant for the construction of the Qorahey Market, a drainage system as well as re-carpeting of roads within Garissa Township.
Their prosecution was approved by the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji on Thursday in a directive.
According to Haji, the EACC had established that the five were culpable after they allegedly misused the funds received by the county administration under the Urban Support Programme.
Korane’s first term in office has not lacked controversies having been arrested in August 2018, a year after his election, over the shooting of former finance executive Idris Mkutar.
The case will be mentioned on October 23, 2020.