NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 26 – Former President Daniel arap Moi’s son, Philip, was on Monday evening set free following his arrest earlier in the day for non-payment of upkeep to his estranged wife Rossana Pluda.
Philip saved himself from being committed to civil jail after paying Sh600,000 in maintenance for the months of September, October and November according to the agreement seen by Capital FM News.
The agreement read in part that: “The warrant of arrest issued against him (Philip) will be lifted subject to the clearance of the banker’s cheque paid on November 26.”
Philip is required to pay a further Sh200,000 by December 14 as maintenance for the month. He also agreed to pay school fees for his son and foot the cost of court applications which was put at Sh300,000.
The son to former President Moi has previously complained to the courts that he cannot afford the Sh200,000 monthly payments since he is unemployed and only relies on pension from the Department of Defence where he retired as an Army Major.
Philip was arrested on Monday morning in Muthaiga after escaping a police dragnet on several occasions; with three warrants of arrest having been issued against him for failing to pay the monthly maintenance.
Philip and Pluda had previously agreed to reduce the maintenance from Sh250,000 to Sh200,000 a month after one of their children turned 18.
At one time, Philip had filed a bankruptcy case to show the court that he is not a man of means but Pluda insisted in court that he was a man capable of meeting his financial obligations.
Last Thursday, Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere was directed to arrest and detain Philip at the Industrial Area Prison.
In February Justice GBM Kariuki issued the first warrant of arrest against Philip after he failed to pay his estranged wife in excess of Sh7 million he owed in child support and maintenance.
Philip got reprieve in March after duty judge Nicholas Ombija lifted the arrest order, but not for long.
The order was again reinstated in June by Justice Kariuki who ruled that Philip had fraudulently obtained the order lifting the arrest warrant.
The judge said Philip had lied to the vacation judge in April when he claimed he had paid Pluda the child support she was seeking; only for the court to learn that he had actually accumulated Sh7 million in arrears.
Pluda and her lawyer Judy Thongori had also said that they were not aware of the proceedings as they had not been invited before the judge lifting the arrest warrant.