Why DPP wants PS Omollo, Ndubai to stay in jail longer
The Director of Public Prosecutions wants Youth Affairs Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo and National Youth Service (NYS) Director General Richard Ndubai to remain in remand even after they were freed on bond.
The DPP on Thursday asked the court to suspend the release of Ms. Omollo and Mr. Ndubai claiming that the bail securities and funds presented for their release are suspect and subject to the current cases.
“We have received information that some of the proposed bond terms have received properties by a way of transfer from the accused persons. Some of the proposed securities are subject to investigations,” said the DPP.
Justice Hedwig Ong’undi on Tuesday released each of the 47 suspects on a bond of Sh5 million with a surety of Sh2 million and further instructed each one of them to deposit a cash bail of Ksh.1 million.
On Wednesday, the DPP instructed the Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti to ensure all assets presented by the suspects for their release are valid and legitimately acquired.
“Please note to confirm the validity and legitimacy of the securities and funds being presented by the suspects in the above mentioned cases for purposes of procuring their release on bail and bond,” said the DPP in a letter to the DCI boss.
“Concerns have been raised by the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) that some of the funds intended to be used are not only suspect, but the subject of the current cases.”
On Thursday, Ms. Omollo, through her lawyer, strongly objected the DPP’s application claiming the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) is not a judicial organ.
“No where did the court or the High Court give a direction that the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) approve any of the surety. ARA is not a judicial organ… The DPP does not dictate to this court,” said Ms. Omollo.
Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi will rule on the matter on Friday.