By MN Reporter
The High Court has reversed the acquittal of former Finance Minister Amos Kimunya’s in a Sh60 million fraud case, pushing the opposition led by Raila Odinga in a deeper end.
Kimunya is the second politician from Azimio la Umoja, One Kenya Alliance to be roped in court order corruption after Sirisia MP John Walukhe was charged in court.
Kimunya by then the Land Minister, former director of land adjudication Lillian Njenga, and Junghae Wainaina, chairman of the board of Midlands Limited, were acquitted by Magistrate Felix Kombo in June 2021, the decision has been reversed.
The DPP through Alexander Muteti appealed the acquittal which they won through Justice Esther Maina who said the suspects should be placed on their defense and present themselves before Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi on October 11 for directions, failure to which they will have arrest warrants issued against them.
“Appeal is allowed. They will go back to the trial court to enter their defence. Count is, however, defective,” said the Judge.
The three are accused of a transfer of 25 acres of public land to Midlands on June 30, 2005 worth Sh60 million in Njabini, Nyandarua county which was marred with abuse of office, failure to disclose private interest and fraudulent disposal of public property.
Milimani magistrate Felix Kombo dismissed the charges against the trio on the grounds that the prosecution had not proved its case.
The factory sells peeled and chopped potatoes to eateries mainly in Nairobi and other big towns.
The multi-million shilling facility was started with the aim of addressing problems facing potato farmers in Nyandarua.