The prosecution in the corruption case against Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong yesterday suffered a setback after a witness was stood down following denial that he recorded a statement to indict the governor.
Nicodemus Mulako, who is Busia County Secretary, told trial magistrate Douglas Ogoti that the statement presented by the prosecution was not authored by him.
The statement dated May 7, 2014 was not recorded by the witness, who said that by then he had not joined the county government.
Ojaamong lawyers led by James Orengo and Danstan Omari, told the court that the witness cannot by law be allowed to testify using an unsigned statement that was not recorded by him. They argued that the prosecution has not availed the original statement to prove the author.
Ojaamong and five others county executives have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the county Sh8 million by starting projects without following proper procurement process.
Governor Ojaamong and five others members of County executives have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the county of Sh8 million by starting projects without following proper procurement process.
The embattled governor has been charged alongside Finance Executive Bernard Yaite, Chief Finance Officer Leonard Obimbira, head of treasury accounting Samuel Ombui, Allan Omachari and Edna Odhiambo.