Kimunya, two others acquitted in Sh60m land fraud case
Former Finance Minister Amos Kimunya and two other accused persons were yesterday acquitted of graft charges in a Sh60 million land case after six years of prosecution.
In his ruling, Senior Principal Magistrate Felix Kombo of Nairobi’s Mililani Anti-Corruption Court said the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case against Kimunya who is the Kipipiri Member of Parliament and his two co-accused persons.
Kimunya was charged alongside Lilian Njenga, a director of Land Adjudication and Settlement, and Jughae Wainaina, chairman of Midlands Limited, a company associated with Kimunya who once served in retired President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.
The magistrate ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove its case against the three beyond reasonable doubt.
“For that reason, I therefore acquit all the three accused persons under Section 210 of Criminal Procedure Code (CPC), said the magistrate.
The prosecution alleged that in June 2005, Kimunya and Njenga allocated Midlands 25 acres of public land.
Kimunya had been accused of not protecting public property and failing to disclose he was a director of Midland.
The prosecution had alleged that in June 2005, Kimunya and Njenga allocated Midlands 25 acres of public land.