A Kenyan high court judge ordered on Tuesday the release on bail of 43 suspects arrested over the first phase of the National Youth Service (NYS) 100 million dollars graft scandal.
The suspects, who include public servants and private business people, are facing charges including abuse of office and conspiracy to commit an economic crime.
She said she did not see a reason why they should not be offered bail.
Kenya is currently being roiled by a new spate of scandals involving bogus tenders and suppliers that allegedly resulted in the theft of hundreds of millions of shillings by state officials from several government bodies.
President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged to stamp out graft when he was first elected in 2013 but critics say he has been slow to pursue top officials and ministers.
Kenyatta, who was elected for a second term last year, has spoken out recently against graft and urged the judiciary “to ensure fair trials and justice”.
Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji had stated that 34 others would be charged in absentia after they went into hiding since Monday when police started looking for them.
Principal Secretary in the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Ministry Lillian Omollo and NYS Director General Richard Ndubai are among officials facing charges.
Others facing charges are Finance and Procurement officials at NYS and directors of companies that received funds from the department without supplying anything or at inflated costs.
The suspects spent the night at various police stations in Nairobi after police declined to grant them bond.