On Tuesday, the Anti-corruption Court in Milimani released Amos Kimunya, the former majority leader of the National Assembly, on Sh700,000 cash bail.
Along with former director of land adjudication Lillian Njenga and Midlands Limited chairman of the board Junghae Wainaina, he was freed after being rearraigned in the Sh60 million land fraud case.
The Chief Magistrate of the Milimani Courts, Lawrence Mugambi, issued a judgement that both of his co-defendants be released on Ksh1 million cash bail.
Kimunya had asked to have Magistrate Felix Kombo hear the matter, but Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi ruled against him.
Since his ruling was reversed, Mugambi said, it would be unjust.
“Kombo made his judgement in this instance, but the High Court overruled it after considering it to be inappropriate. In my opinion, this case should be heard in a different court “he said.
Mugambi instead directed Kimunya and the other co-defendants to appear before Magistrate Peter Ooko on October 31 for the start of the hearing.
“I, therefore, designate Magistrate Ooko to hear and decide this case,” said the chief magistrate.
Kimunya was serving in the Ministry of Lands under President Mwai Kibaki back in 2005 when the scandal occurred. He’s been accused of illegally giving property owned by the public to a corporation using his name.
In June of 2021, the former Leader of the Majority and his two co-accused were found not guilty due to insufficient evidence.
High Court Justice Esther Maina, however, reversed the acquittal and ordered a new trial.