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DPP Loses Bid To Amend Charges Against Former Kenya Power Boss

The Director of Public Prosecution has lost bid to have the charges against the former Kenya Power boss Ben Chumo amended.

Trial magistrate Felix Kombo said in his ruling that already 33 witnesses have given their evidence and amending the charge sheet at this time will give the matter a fresh start.

“It is now four  years  since the accused  persons were  arraigned  in court, and only  five witnesses  are remaining, to allow  the stated amendments  will  take us back  to four  years,” said Kombo.

The prosecuting  counsel  told  the court that  they will  be consulting  the DPP  on the way  forward  and that the case will be mentioned virtually on August  25th 2022.

Those charged with economic crimes alongside Chumo include former Managing Director Ken Tarus, Beatrice Meso, K.P. Mungai, Joshua Mutua, Abubakar Swaleh, Samuel Ndirangu, Stanley Mutwiri, Benson Muriithi, Peter Mwicigi and John Ombui.

Some of the charges include conspiracy to commit an offence, aiding the commission of a felony, willful failure to comply with procurement laws, conspiracy to defeat justice and fraudulent acquisition of public property.

By Rodgers Oduor