Court quashes Kimunya’s acquittal in Sh60m fraud case

Amos Kimunya [Photo; Daily Post]

The High Court has overturned the acquittal of former Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya in the 60 Million shilling fraud case.

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

According to the court ruling, the politician was wrongly freed over insufficient evidence and will face a fresh trial.

The decision comes after Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji in May 2021 appealed the acquittal of the former lawmaker and his co-accused.

“I hereby find that the appeal by the DPP has merit and is allowed. The defendants Amos Kimunya and two others to be put on their defence, ruled Justice Esther Maina.

Kimunya was accused of a controversial land transfer executed on 30th of June 2005 when he served in the Ministry of Lands.

He was accused alongside Lillian Njenga – a former Director of Land Adjudication and Junghae Wainaina – the Board Chairman of Midlands Limited.

The three will now present themselves before Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi on 11th of October 2022 for directions.

They will defend themselves on five counts of corruption related offences.

If they fail to, Judge Maina says warrants of arrest will be issued against them.

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