Ruling on PPD attempt to drop corruption charges against former GDC head

The Nairobi Anti-Corruption Court will today rule on an attempt by the PDP to drop charges against former directors of the Geothermal Development Company who in 2015 were accused of bribery worth Sh1.7 billion.

The proposal, which sparked strong opposition from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, returns to court for a ruling from Chief Magistrate Thomas Nyoki.

The accused are former CEO Silas Masinde Simiyu, former company secretary Praxidis Namoni Saisi, Dr Peter Ayodo Omenda, Nicholas Karume Weke, Caleb Mbaye, Abraham Kipchirchir Saat, Michael Maingi Mbevi, Godwin Mwawongo and Bruno Mugambi Linyuri.

They had obtained orders to stop his prosecution, but last year the Supreme Court ordered the case to continue to its logical conclusion.

The high court said there was nothing unpleasant in the charges leveled against them.

But now, the Director of Public Prosecutions wants to drop charges against the former CEO of the Geothermal Development Company, Silas Simiyu.

Prosecutor Renson Ingonga said his decision to drop the case against Simuyu is based on the lack of sufficient evidence to prove the corruption case.

However, the EACC has opposed the Public Ministry’s decision to drop the corruption charges, arguing that it is an abuse of the legal process and is not in the public interest or the administration of justice.

The EACC, through lawyer Hassan Muhamud, said the DPP’s application went against the Supreme Court decision which had ordered the case to reach its logical conclusion.

“The defendants here had unsuccessfully challenged their prosecution before the Supreme Court but on January 27, 2023, the Supreme Court dismissed their final appeal and ordered the case to proceed to its logical conclusion,” he stated.