Court Overturns Amos Kimunya's Acquittal in Ksh 60M Fraud Case

  • Former Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya at a past function.
    Former Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya at a past function.
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  • The High Court on Thursday, October 6, reversed former Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya acquittal in a Ksh60 million fraudulent case.

    The ruling quashed an earlier decision by the Anti-Corruption Court that had acquitted the politician of fraud-related charges including illegal transfer of land.

    With the ruling, he is set to face fresh trial after the High Court ruled that he was wrongly freed over insufficient evidence.

    Kimunya had been accused of six counts of abuse of office and illegally allocating public land to a private entity.

    DPP Noordin Haji Speaks to Editors during a conference at Serena Hotel in Mombasa.
    DPP Noordin Haji Speaks to Editors during a conference at Serena Hotel in Mombasa.
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    The Court ruled that he be put on his defense and set the date for the mentioning of the matter to October 11, 2022.

    After his acquittal in May 2020, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) headed by Noordin Haji filed an appeal in June the same year.

    In their filings, the ODPP argued that the court had erred in law when it set the politician free.

    Kimunya was accused alongside two other individuals of controversial land transfer executed on June 30, 2005 when he served in the Ministry of Lands.

    He was accused of allocating public land to Midlands Limited, a firm associated with him, during his stint as Lands Minister in former President Mwai Kibaki's administration.

    Kimunya was charged alongside Lillian Njenga, a former Director of Land Adjudication and Junghae Wainaina, Board Chairman of Midlands Limited.

    In her ruling in May 2020, Magistrate Felix Kombo ruled that the prosecutor of the case did not present enough evidence against the accused.

    The 25-acre land parcel allocated to Midlands Limited was worth an estimated Ksh60 million.

    The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi as pictured on November 18, 2019
    The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi as pictured on November 18, 2019
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