September 14th 2020 – Garissa Governor Ali Korane, has presented himself to the ethics and anti-corruption offices for questioning, two days after the DPP Nordin Haji ordered his prosecution.
Governor Korane and four other officials were being sought over alleged misappropriation of 233 million shillings, which was part of a World Bank Grant.
The grant was meant for development purposes in Garissa township, including recarpeting pedestrian walkways and other urban support programs.
In a statement, Haji said, “Ali Korane being the governor of Garissa county since August 21, 2017, as the chief executive of the said county government and mandated to provide leadership in governance and development, be accountable for the management and use of county resources.“
The governor allegedly failed to deposit with the speaker the signed intergovernmental participation agreement, for Kenya Urban Support Programme between the national government and his county.
He added that the governor had failed in his responsibilities and therefore facilitating the misappropriation of the grant funds. Haji now wants the governor charged with conspiracy to commit an offense, willful failure to comply with the law in relation to the management of public funds, misappropriation of public funds under the Public Finance Management Act 2012, and abuse of office.
Mr. Korane will be charged alongside Chief Officer Finance Ibrahim Melow Nur, the County Executive Officer Municipality Abdi Shale, and the head of treasury Mohammed Ahmed Abdulahi.