Court orders arrest of Kenyan MP

January 25, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25 – A Nairobi court has issued a warrant of arrest against Naivasha Member of Parliament John Mututho after he failed to turn up for the hearing of a case in which he is accused of obtaining Sh40 million from Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei granted the order after special prosecutor Patrick Kiage, who was ready to proceed with the hearing, informed the court that neither the Naivasha legislator nor his lawyer were present in court.

Mr Kiage told the court that he had lined up three witnesses to testify against the legislator who is accused of defrauding the referral hospital the monies as a reimbursement for import duty and value added tax.

He moved to the High Court to stop the proceedings saying his constitutional rights were violated when the graft charges were preferred against him.

The judicial review case is set to be heard on March 8.

The temporary orders have barred the Attorney General and the anti-graft body from filing further charges against the MP regarding KNH\’s supply for patient lockers tender.

In the same court a middle aged woman has admitted sending four abusive text messages to her ex-lover.

The charges facing Eunice Wairimu had to be read out in camera because of the language used. Ms Wairimu admitted that between January 14 and 15 this year she sent four abusive text messages from her cell phone to that of Samuel Muraguri Mwangi.

In mitigation, Ms Wairimu told Mr Mutembei that she abused the complainant because he had cheated her that he had no wife. She also explained that she got a baby with him but he abandoned her and took the child to another woman.
He later abandoned the one and half yea-old saying it was not his. The complainant, the court heard, got disturbed by the messages and reported the matter to the police.

Last Friday the complainant liaised with the police and managed to arrest her.

Mr Mutembei ordered that her probation report be made available in court and directed that the matter be mentioned next week on Monday for sentencing.

Meanwhile, Rekao Sheikh Abdi was accused of stealing Sh11.6 million from Bedine Chemicals.

Abdi also denied accusation of fraudulent accounting, misappropriation of funds and obtaining monies by false pretences.

The offences were allegedly committed between January and December 2009.The suspect was remanded in Kilimani police station pending further investigations. The matter will be mentioned on Wednesday


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