Panel to decide fate of Okemo, Gichuru

Friday June 10 2011

By LUCAS BARASA [email protected]

The government has ordered the formation of a high-level panel to consider a request for the extradition of former power utility boss Samuel Gichuru and Nambale MP Chris Okemo over fraud charges.

Attorney-General Amos Wako said he had received a full extradition request comprising 13 bundles of supporting documentation from Jersey Island.

As a result, Mr Wako said, he had instructed the chief public prosecutor to constitute the panel.

“Due to the complexity, magnitude and voluminous nature of the request, I have directed the chief public prosecutor, Mr Keriako Tobiko, to immediately constitute a high level team to study and analyse the supporting documentation and deal with the matter soonest,” Mr Wako said in a statement.

Sources said Mr Tobiko had constituted the team.

On May 30, Mr Wako confirmed receiving a provisional request from Jersey attorney general.

On Monday, the High Court declined to grant orders against the extradition of the two to Jersey.

Mr Justice Nicholas Ombija, said the case was speculative because the government had taken no action that could be deemed to infringe on the constitutional rights of the two.

The judge ruled the two could resume the case if the government begins extradition proceedings against them.

Mr Okemo served in the Moi regime as minister in Energy and Finance dockets. Mr Gichuru was the managing director of the Kenya Power and Lighting Company.

A court in Jersey Island has issued an international arrest warrant for the two over alleged bribery in energy-related procurement processes.