Samburu Governor Allowed to Travel to US Despite Corruption Case

  • Samburu governor Moses Lenolkunal at a Milimani court on April 2, 2019. Facebook
  • An Anti-corruption court has allowed the Samburu governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal to travel to the united states for one week to attend a Masters Degree session.

    The county head had applied under an urgent application to have his passport released for him to travel.

    The passport was being held as part of his bail term after he was charged and released on a Ksh84 Million corruption allegation.

    A photo of a man holding a Kenyan passport

    Lenolkulal through his lawyer, Paul Nyamondi, told presiding Magistrate Felix Kombo that he would be traveling to the US on May 31 and return on June 11 after completing his classes.

    The court announced that the pre-trial session that was scheduled to take place on June 5 would proceed in his absence.

    The prosecution through Alexander Muteti opposed the release of the passport arguing that the governor had not proved that he wasn't a flight risk.

    Lenolkulal's passport was deposited alongside Ksh10 million as bail after he was charged alongside 13 other officials from his county.

    Capital news reported that the court in its ruling stated that the governor could get his passport as long as he provided surety to assure the court that he would not run away from the jurisdiction of the court.

    His lawyer told the court that the governor would provide the surety on Monday for it to be cross-examined by the prosecution.

    Lenolkulal and his co-accused were also restrained from accessing the county’s funds when the case is still pending.

    A photo of the Samburu County government offices