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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,13TH AUG 2018-National Land Commission Chairman Muhammad Swazuri, Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina and 12 others can now breath easy after the court freed them On bail in Sh221m graft case facing them
The accused were on Monday morning charged with the conspiracy to commit corruption over the loss of Sh221,375,00 by the Kenya Railways Corporation after spending two nights in cells.
They were charged alongside Salome Munubi, Toma Aziz Chavangi, Francis Mugo, Victor Kariuki, Elijah Nyamu and John Mwaniki.
Peter Mburu, Carolyne Kitui, Gladys Mwikali, Obadiah Mbugua, David Some and Esther Some.
While making the ruling ,Senior Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi stated that the prosecution did not provide compelling reasons to block the accused from being granted bond or bail terms.
The court ruled Swazuri, Munumbi, David Some and Esther Some to be freed on a cash bail of Sh6m each while Maina, Chavangi and the rest to be freed on a cash bail of Sh3 million each
Three companies— Dasahe Investment Limited, Keibukwo Investment Limited and Olomotit Estate Limited— were also listed alongside the accused persons.
They separately faced other charges of abuse of office, unlawful acquisition of public property, neglect of official duty and unlawful disposal of public property.
The NLC and railways officials are accused of buying Kenya Railways land, public property, and selling it to the government.
They all denied committing the offences, which were allegedly committed between July 1, 1999 and June 2018 in Nairobi.