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DPP gives case against Kasarani MP thumbs-up

Milimani.

The decision to charge Kasarani MP John Chege with corruption-related offences was well informed, the Director of Public Prosecution has said.

In his replying affidavit, the DPP Keriako Tobiko said claims by the MP that he was bent on scandalising and embarrassing him were baseless.

Through prosecution counsel Laura Spira, the DPP said he had independently reviewed and analysed the evidence contained in the investigations file including witness statements, adding that those were the basis for the review after which he gave directions to prosecute.

“The petitioner has not demonstrated that in making the decision to prefer criminal charges against him, the respondent has acted without or in excess of powers conferred upon them by the law,” said Ms Spira.

Last month the court declined to grant him temporary orders stopping prosecution of corruption related offences against the MP.

Mr Justice David Majanja said he doubted whether the petition by the MP would be neutralised if the trial proceeded.

In the petition, the MP seeks a declaration that there cannot subsist criminal proceedings where there was a complainant who subsequently ceased. Hearing continues on May 22.