, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – Attorney General Githu Muigai has filed notice of appeal against a High Court order for Principal Secretary Ministry of Interior Karanja Kibicho to be jailed over contempt of court.
The Attorney General says his office is dissatisfied with the ruling by Justice George Odunga, in which he ordered the PS arrested and taken to prison to serve three months for disobeying a court order.
Justice Odunga found the PS guilty and unwilling to appear in court to present a reason why he should not be punished for failing to comply with the court order requiring him to pay a victim of the Nyayo House torture chambers.
Odunga pointed out that even after being summoned on several occasions, and warrant issued against him, Kibicho failed to respond.
He consequently directed the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to immediately arrest the PS and send him to prison to serve the sentence.
Dr Kibicho was ordered to appear in court on November 28, 2016, but he did not turn up.
Justice Odunga had ordered Boinnet to personally execute the warrant of arrest against the PS, but no tangible explanation was given to the court as to why the same has not been done.
The warrant against the PS was first issued on October 13, 2016, after he refused to comply with the court order issued on December 5, 2015 compelling him to pay Sh2,647,019 to the victim.
The judgment to pay Michael Danson Mahugu was issued on February 11, 2014 and after making several attempts to have the money paid to him, he chose to file an application to compel the PS.