Former National Lands Commission chair Muhammed Swazuri has moved to the High Court to ask for review of his bail terms issued on Tuesday by an anti-corruption court.
Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi on Tuesday released Swazuri on a Sh12 million cash bail or an equivalent of Sh30 million bond, a figure which he has since termed unreasonable.
In the application, Swazuri said the Sh12 million cash bail or Sh30 million bond imposed by Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi was unjust, unreasonably high and in contravention of Article 49 of the Constitution.
Mr Swazuri was arrested on Thursday and charged with 10 others over abuse of office, gross misconduct among other counts which Mugambi said constitutes economic crimes.
Others given the Sh12 million cash bail are former commissioner Emma Njogu, former NLC Chief Executive Tom Aziz Chavangi, Valuation and Taxation Director Salome Munubi, Finance and Administration Director Francis Mugo, and lawyer Catherine Wanjiru Chege.
Businessman Samuel Rugongo was granted freedom on a Sh6 million cash bail or Sh15 million bond while Sostemah Ogero Taracha was ordered to deposit a cash bail of Sh3 million.
High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi certified the application as urgent and asked Prof Swazuri to file a notice to the DPP.
His bond review comes weeks after Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine also had his bail reduced from Sh100 million to Sh10 million.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has insisted in the past that he will not spare people accused of corruption, no matter the positions they serve on or hold.
“I won’t be clouded by ethnicity or status in my quest to leave behind a united nation and I will continue championing for Kenya’s unity,” Uhuru said.
But his deputy William Ruto has held a different view, often insisting that the fight against corruption should not be politicised. He has often read malice in the crackdown, associating it with attempt to sabotage his bid.
“There has been an attempt to hijack war on corruption and turn it into war against specific individuals… A war on corruption that lacks integrity becomes corruption itself. A war that lacks integrity is impunity,” the DP said in a past event.