THE Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission has accused Garissa Governor Nathif Jama of trying to examine his defence before the High Court on a matter that only a criminal court can handle.
Lawyer Anthony Ong’ondi says the court cannot be invited to look at the sufficiency of the evidence against Jama and to determine whether or not the contents of the charges are detective in substance and form.
“Nathif is trying to ventilate his defence before court and should not be allowed to convert the High Court into a trial court. It is the trial court that is best equipped to deal with the issue of whether or not there is adequate evidence to sustain the charge facing him,” he says.
Jama obtained temporary orders last week, stopping him from answering charges in relation to the procurement of ambulances from the Kenya Red Cross Society.
Justice Weldon Korir extended the interim orders stopping Jama from answering the charges. He was to answer charges on Monday before the magistrate’s court in Garissa but the case was put on hold after he claimed a top Jubilee politician is behind his prosecution.