NYS suspects trial to commence in January

The trial of former Youth Affairs Principal secretary Lillian Omollo and 53 other accused persons charged with the 468 million National Youth Service – NYS scandal will start in January next year.

The trial will run from 7th to 31st January 2019 before the Anti-corruption principal magistrate Peter Ooko.

The prosecution team lead by Senior Assistant Director Public Prosecutions Joseph Riungu told the court during an inter party hearing that that the ODPP has supplied all witness statements, exhibits and evidence material it intends to use in the trial to the defense lawyers.

Riungu says ODPP has lined up 43 witnesses to testify in the trial. Among those who will testify include IFMIS officers from the National Treasury, bank officials, contractors and document examiners.

The prosecution says it will render its evidence to the court orally, electronically and in documentary form.

The court said that it will not entertain any adjournments once the trial begins.

Omollo, alongside 53 co-accused persons were charged on 29th May2018 with the loss of 468 million shillings at the NYS.

Separately, the Court of Appeal has upheld the high court ruling that nullified the election of Ugenya Member of Parliament Chris Karan.

Justice Hannah Okwengu in dismissing an appeal by Chris Karan ruled that the entire Ugenya parliamentary election conducted in August 2017 was not free and fair as the campaigns were perverted.

In a ruling by Justice Okwengu the court established that the high court validly nullified Karan’s victory based on evidence that his election was compromised.

Karan who was elected on a ODM ticket and other respondents in the case were further ordered to pay 7 million shillings in costs.

He had moved to the appellate court to challenge the high court decision which nullified his election on grounds that the learned judge erred both in fact and in law in its ruling.

This followed a successful petition by immediate former legislature David Ouma who claimed Karan’s election win was not conducted in conformity with the constitution.

 

  

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