NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 26 – A doctor appointed by the Director of Public Prosecutions together with former Minister David Mwiraria’s physician will determine if he is fit to stand trial in the Anglo-Leasing cases.
Senior Principal Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi on Friday directed that the doctors should submit their findings to the anti-corruption court on July 20 when the hearing of one of the two Anglo-Leasing cases in which Mwiraria is charged, is meant to commence.
Chief Magistrate Doreen Mulekyo had set June 26 as the date when Mwiraria’s health status, in relation to his pleading to the Anglo-Leasing charges facing him, would again come up for mention.
But his advocate Kioko Kilukumi on Friday told the court that his client who is suffering from terminal bone cancer and who recently underwent hip surgery, is still frail.
Mwiraria is charged alongside businessmen and brothers Deepak and Rashmi Kamani of defrauding the Kenyan tax payer of billions of shillings through the infamous ‘Anglo-Leasing’ deals.
The first case for which Mwiraria is facing the charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime and engaging in a project without proper planning has to do with the Sh3.9 billion Modernisation of Police Security Equipment and Accessories Project of 2003/4 and is set to be heard between July 20 and 31.
The second for which he’s facing the additional charges of disobedience to statutory duty and abuse of office is set to be heard between September 1 and 11 and has to do with the Sh5.8 billion, “E-Cops,” project meant to computerise security, law and order systems and procedures of the Kenya Police.
The Kamanis pleaded, “not true,” to the charges in March but Mwiraria did not as he was not present in court on account of his hip surgery.
The Kamanis’ father Chamanlal who is among the accused in another Anglo-Leasing case was however denied retention of his passport despite what he claimed to be his own poor health as was Rashmi who told the court his wife is chronically ill.