Ex-governor wants court to dismiss graft case

Former Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo.

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Former Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo has asked the court to dismiss a case in which he is charged with seven counts of abuse of office, saying the matter filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) lacks merit.

He told Meru Senior Principal Magistrate Thomas Muraguri that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) was not properly constituted when it forwarded recommendations for the prosecution to DPP.

Through lawyer Dickson Munene, he cited the Court of Appeal judgment in former CS Michael Kamau’s case, where it found that the EACC was not properly constituted when it recommended his prosecution.

Mr Doyo together with former county secretaries Maurice Ogolla and Ibrahim Wako have denied committing corruption offences and economic crimes by allegedly appointing seven employees without consulting the county public service board.

Mr Doyo is said to have appointed Ben Omondi to the then non-existent external liaison officer role. The EACC also wants him to be found culpable of appointing Ms Lucy Mworia as coordinator in the office of culture, gender and youth and Simon Kinoti as director of communications. He also allegedly used his powers as governor to issue appointment letters to Adan Santura, Lillian Kiruja, Guyo Abdi, and Kikuyu Sarite.

Mr Ogolla, who served as county acting secretary, is accused of issuing appointment letters to Dennis Mathenge Kimani, John Gatobu, Ahmed Mohamed and Asnino Ali Dababo. Mr Wako faces charges of abuse of power by appointing Abdi Mohammed Dida and one Asan Golo Duba. The three are out on Sh200, 000 cash bail each.

The matter will mentioned on November 30.

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