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Manager on the spot over missing Sh67 million products from Duale’s firm

By Nyaboga Kiage February 17th, 2024 2 min read

A manager of a company associated with a senior government official has been charged with stealing animal health products worth Sh67 million.

Mr Hussein Ismail Godad of Garissa County was arraigned before Milimani Senior Principal magistrate Bernard Ochoi.

Mr Godad, a Warehouse manager at Medina Chemical Limited, denied the charge filed against him by the prosecution led by a state lawyer James Gachoka of stealing by a servant.

The accused is on the spot for reportedly stealing animal health products on January 17, 2024, at the premises of Medina Chemical Limited warehouse within Nairobi.

The magistrate heard Mr Godad stole assorted animal health products valued at Sh67,513,761, the property of Medina Chemicals Limited.

The accused allegedly accessed the products by his employment.

The accused applied to be freed on bond saying he was not a flight risk and that would abide by the terms and conditions that will be imposed on him by the court.

State prosecutor James Gachoka did not oppose the accused being released on bond.

“I have no instructions to oppose the release of the accused person on bond,” Mr Gachoka told the magistrate.

He added that police have concluded investigations into the case and that bond or cash bail is a constitutional right of any suspect.

In a brief ruling, Mr Ochoi said the prosecution is not opposed to the release of the accused on bond.

He added that the bond is a constitutional right to any suspect and that it can only be denied if compelling reasons are presented.

“Having considered the submissions of both the accused and prosecution I hereby direct that the accused do deposit a bond of Sh10 million with an alternative cash bail of Sh5 million,” Mr  Ochoi ruled.

He also ordered the prosecution to furnish the accused with witness statements to enable him to prepare his defence.

Mr Ochoi fixed the case to be mentioned on February 28 ,2024, for pre-trial directions.

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