, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 – Former Finance Minister David Mwiraria has failed to appear in court yet again where he was expected to plead to Anglo Leasing charges.
His lawyer Abbas Esmail told the court his client was unable to present himself because he was admitted to hospital at the weekend.
The prosecution is now asking the court to issue a warrant of arrest against him.
Mwiraria who has been ailing was found fit to plead to the charges in September by a State doctor and thereby summoned by the anti-corruption court.
Mwiraria is charged alongside Kisii Senator Chris Obure and Chamanlal Kamani, his sons Deepak Kamani and Rashmi Kamani but failed to take his plea together with them in March due to poor health.
His lawyer Kioko Kilukumi told the court that Mwiraria was recovering from a hip replacement necessitated by bone cancer.
Attempts by the Kamanis to halt the case for lack of fair trial were rejected by the High Court on September 19.
High Court judge George Odunga said he cannot stop the trial against the trio merely because they believe they might be acquitted in the long run.
The Kamanis alongside Mwiraria, former Permanent Secretaries Dave Mwangi and Joseph Magari and a former Head of Debt Management in the Ministry of Finance David Onyonka together with one Brian Mills who has an international warrant out for his arrest, Sound Day Corporation and Apex Finance Corporation are charged with:
“Between October 30, 2003 and April 14, 2004 in Nairobi, conspired with others not before Court to commit an economic crime to wit, engaging in a scheme to defraud the Government of Kenya (GoK) of Sh4.5 billion through a supplier’s credit contract agreement for the Modernisation of Police Security Equipment and Accessories Project.