Gakuo allowed to prepare appeal in cemetery case

The High Court has allowed former Nairobi Town Clerk John Gakuo. He has  seven days to secure an urgent hearing date before June 20.

Anti-Corruption division judge John Onyiego directed Gakuo’s three co-convicts who have similarly filed separate applications for bail pending the hearing of their proposed appeals, to finalise their court papers.

They are former Local Government permanent secretary Sammy Kirui, former Nairobi City Council Legal secretary Mary Ng’ethe and former chair of the defunct civic authority’s Tender Committee Alexander Musee.

Nairobi Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti found them guilty of corruption-related offences on May 15 and imposed fines and custodial sentences on each. In his contested judgment, Ogoti held that Gakuo and Kirui failed to stop payment for the cemetery land to Naen Rech Ltd when they were in positions of authority to cancel the tender for the irregular purchase of the land that was reportedly worth Sh30 million. The two were sentenced to three years in jail each and fined Sh1 million, for abuse of office and failure to comply with procurement rules.

Ng’ethe and Musee were convicted of providing false information that the defunct council’s tender committee had unanimously resolved to purchase the 120-acre plot that turned out to be rocky and unfit for burial purposes.

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