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Haji wants Orengo barred from representing Kidero

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Siaya senator James Orengo. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji wants Senate Minority Leader James Orengo barred from representing former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero in his graft trial.
  • Through James Kihara, the DPP said a recent ruling by a judge in Mombasa stopped Mr Orengo and other State officers from representing graft and economic crimes suspects.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji wants Senate Minority Leader James Orengo barred from representing former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero in his graft trial.

Through James Kihara, the DPP said a recent ruling by a judge in Mombasa stopped Mr Orengo and other State officers from representing graft and economic crimes suspects.

Mr Orengo, who is also Siaya Senator, is representing Mr Kidero in a case where he is charged with Sh68 million corruption. Last week, High Court judge Eric Ogola barred Mr Orengo from representing former Kenya Ports Authority managing director Daniel Manduku, who is being investigated for economic crimes.

Mr Orengo, through Julie Soweto, however, opposed the DPP's application, saying the court did not bar him from representing all accused persons charged with graft.

“Without going to the argument, the application by the DPP comes as an ambush. The proceedings should be stopped so that we can have the opportunity to address the issue fully,” she said.

Trial magistrate Douglas Ogoti directed Mr Kihara to serve all the parties with the application, ahead of the hearing on June 3.