The hearing of a corruption case facing Garissa Governor Nathif Jama was today pushed to May 18, after two key prosecution witnesses failed to turn up.

The case was adjourned for a fortnight ago after defense lawyer Issa Nasoor told the court he had another case in Nairobi that required his presence.

The prosecution counsels Omondi Opondo and Gitonga Riungu told the court that one of their key witnesses was engaged on official duties in Nairobi.

They applied for a witness summon in the next hearing.

The defense lawyers led by Issa Nasoor protested over lack of witnesses in the court that they argued had greatly inconvenienced the court and the rights of the accused persons.

Garissa governor Nathif Jama has a word with one of his lawyers Amunga Cohen during the first day of hearing in a case where he and 16 of procurement committee members are charged with irregular leasing of ambulances from Red Cross Kenya.

The two said that the prosecution could have made a ‘simple phone call’ they knew that the witnesses will not turn up.

Senior Magistrate Cosmas Maundu pushed the case to May 18 after receiving submissions from the prosecution and the defense lawyer.

Governor Nathif and six of former tender Committee Rahma Dekow, Jawahir Keinan, Abdi Sahal, Safia Mohamed, Mohamed Hassan and Mohamud Hassan Mohamed were present.

They are accused of irregularly leasing 7 ambulances from Emergency Plus owned by the Kenya Red Cross.

Kenya Red Cross secretary general Abass Guled, former county Executive Committee member for finance Idriss Muktar, former director of medical services Dr, Abey Sheikh have testified.

Yet to testify are former EACC regional head Abraham Kimboi, the lead investigator in the case.