Nairobi Court has released seven Nairobi County Government employees who were arrested yesterday on cash bail of 50,000 each.
The were arraigned in court and charged for being in possession of 7 million shillings this morning.
In her ruling Milimani Residents Senior Magistrate Tobiko Nkini Sinkiyian said that the prosecution had not tabled compelling reason to warrant further detention of the county officials.
Tobiko also noted that the prosecution before arraign the suspects in court did not take time to investigate the allegations made by Governor Mike Sonko and why it was necessary to continue holding the suspects for five days.
“It is now a week since the said money was found and l truly believe that steps would have been taken by the police or their employer by may restricting them to access the offices to avoid any interference with witnesses or documentary evidence pending investigations,”.
They were found in possession of 7,803,876 Shillings in their offices, which ought to have been deposited by close of business on August 22.
Reuben Gachukia, Luke Gatimu, Maurice Ochieng, Nixon Awuor, Shaban Asman, Bedan Wambui and Chrispin Oyiro. They were arraigned before Resident Magistrate Sinkian Tobiko.
The prosecution however applied to have the seven detained for five days to enable police conclude investigations. In an affidavit by Investigating Officer Moses Gituathi , the seven accused persons conspired to steal form the County Government of Nairobi.
‘’The investigating team is yet to recover revenue collection books, banking record books, banking slips and computers from the respondents of which are vital evidence in the case,’´argued Gituathi.
The accused are chief cashier, finance officer, head of treasury head of revenue, in-charge of bank reconciliations and assistant cashier respectively.