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July 15, 2020
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K10,000 Court Bail Granted for Wobiro, Gumoi and May

The National Court has granted bail set at K10,000 each to convicted Governor of Western Province, Ati Wobiro, and his two co-accused, Dr. Modowa Gumoi and Norman May.

Justice Panuel Mogish granted bail after conviction, pending sentencing, due to their serious medical conditions, which need close monitoring by specialist doctors.

The trio were convicted last Tuesday for one count each of conspiracy to defraud the state, and misappropriation.

Justice Mogish ruled that bail after conviction will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

The National Court was satisfied with the bail applications of the trio, and the supportive letters from their specialist doctors, including the Bomana Jail Commander.

The trio applied for bail yesterday on the grounds they have serious medical conditions.

Governor Wobiro is a heart patient of 10 years and takes medication regularly. He also suffers from asthma and has high blood pressure.

The Provincial Administrator, Dr. Gumoi, continues to suffer from high blood pressure and other serious illnesses that require frequent treatment.

May regularly visits his specialist doctor in Singapore after undergoing heart surgery two months ago.

The three were convicted for misusing K7.6 million public funds to set up Fly Care Foundation, and deliver projects in the province.

However, the court found that the project was not tendered according to the Public Finance Management Act, where every project amounted above K5 million must be tendered.

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