Supreme Court to hear Wobiro’s bail bid

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A bail application for Western Governor Ati Wobiro, pictured, and two others guilty of misappropriating more than K7 million public funds was adjourned by the Supreme Court to tomorrow.
Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia adjourned the hearing of Wobiro, former provincial administrator Dr Mudowa Gumoi and Fly Care Foundation founder Norman Carl May because of a delay in collecting relevant materials.
Lawyer Goiye Gileng, representing the three prisoners, told the court yesterday that he needed time to collect all relevant documents relating to the sentence on Nov 18 including the affidavit concerning the restitution payment.
Gileng said the State was not served with the documents yet, before requesting the court to adjourn the matter for hearing tomorrow.
Last Friday, Justice Martin Ipang sentenced Wobiro, Gumoi and May to 10 years imprisonment for misappropriating public funds totalling about K7,060,000.
The court found them guilty of conspiring to defraud and misappropriating K7,060,000 of provincial support improvement programme funds on July 26.
Wobiro, Gumoi and May conspired and signed a memorandum of agreement to engage the Fly Care Foundation to manage funds and provide services to people in Western.
“People or persons with these positions must be groomed in proper processes and procedures of spending government money,” Ipang said.
However, there were no records of the funds, no acquittals of how the money was used and most of the projects were not completed.

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