Popular Kitui gospel singer Faith Kithele was Thursday charged in court with defrauding the County Government of Kitui Sh28 million.
Ms Kithele, who is also the wife to Kitui County Executive for Environment, Energy and Minerals Development George Mulatya, was arraigned before Principal Magistrate Esther Boke alongside businessman Alex Kioko.
They both denied stealing the funds from the county government’s recurrent expenditure account held at the Central Bank of Kenya.
The court heard that the two allegedly committed the offence in collusion with others not before the court on December 28, 2015.
Defence lawyer Joseph Muinde requested the court to grant the accused persons reasonable bond terms as well as direct the prosecution to supply the defence with witness statements and any other documents that it would rely on during the trial.
Mr Muinde also requested the court to consider consolidating the case with another related one in which three businesswomen were Monday last week charged with the theft of Sh28 million from the Kitui County government coffers.
The three, Ms Sarah Wangui Kamau, Ms Mary Waithira Gikungu and Ms Margaret Mutei Musee appeared before Resident Magistrate Rose Ombata on January 4, 2016 and were each released on a Sh5 million bond and a similar surety or a Sh300,000 cash bail each after they denied the charges.
On her part, Ms Kithele, who has been in police custody for several days, asked the court to release her on fair bond terms so that she could go home and look after her children.
The magistrate ordered the case be mentioned on January 18, 2016 for consolidation with the other case.
Both cases are scheduled for hearing on April 10, 2016.
Ms Kithele and her co-accused were released on a Sh4 million bond with a surety of a similar amount with the option of placing a Sh300,000 cash bail.