, NYERI, Kenya, Sep 23 – Retired President Mwai Kibaki appeared in a Nyeri High court on Monday in connection with a civil suit over a property involving a company he originally co-owned with eight others.
The retired President could however not testify as the suit was adjourned to give the parties involved more time to prepare.
The former President appeared before Justice Anthony Ombwayo of the Land and Environment court ready to give evidence after he was named as one of the defendants in the suit filed by Mathingira Wholesalers, owner of a commercial property in Nyeri town.
The retired President had applied through senior counsel Gibson Kamau Kuria to be allowed to testify before the court due to his nature of engagement but the judge declined over lack of documentation to support the application.
The senior counsel had asked the court to allow the former President to give his evidence on priority basis although there were still pleadings pending to be filed by both parties.
However, the directors of Mathingira who are the plaintiff in the suit through their lawyer Lucy Mwai objected to the application before all papers are filed.
The case was adjourned until October 14 this year when it will be heard.
It is the first time that the former President is appearing in court over a civil matter since he retired early this year.