The Milimani Court suffered a power outage minutes before the bail hearing of several senior Kenya Power managers was about to begin.
The power utility’s managers are facing charges of various counts of corruption.
The blackout forced an adjournment, but shortly after that the power supply was restored.
Clarification: There has not been a blackout at the Milimani courts as reported by a section of the media. Our technical team has confirmed that electricity to the court is on and that the outage may have been occasioned by internal wiring.
— Kenya Power Limited (@KenyaPower) July 17, 2018
Nairobi Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti released the accused on a cash bail of Sh1 million ($9,938) each or a bond of Sh2 million ($19,876), highlighting that there was no compelling reason to deny them bail.
Power blackout at Milimani Courts during bail application hearing for Kenya Power bosses. pic.twitter.com/b0DnB7b7Cq
— The Daily Report (@DailyReportKE) July 17, 2018
The managers are required to hand in their passports in court, to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations every fortnight and not to contact any of the witnesses.
The court has also scheduled pre-trial conference for August 6, 2018. Read more: Kenya Power assures of business continuity amid arrests of senior management
According to local radio station, Capital FM, the suspects have been warned against trying to access Kenya Power’s system or interfere with evidence. Failure to adhere to the warning will lead to the cancellation of bail, the radio station reported.
The suspects have been charged with a total of seven counts including conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office, failure to comply with procurement laws as well as conspiracy to defeat justice.
Meanwhile, the power utility has appointed individuals, as indicated in the Tweet below, to fill in the positions of those implicated in the crime.
Kenya Power Board appoints an interim senior management team. pic.twitter.com/oAc62mrVP7
— Kenya Power Limited (@KenyaPower) July 16, 2018