, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet has been summoned to court to explain why he has failed to arrest Defence Principal Secretary Saitoti Torome as ordered by court.
The court gave Boinnet up to December 18, 2017 to honour the summons and make an appearance before the court
Torome was found in contempt of court for failing to pay Sh17 million to a family whose land had been taken by his ministry after he failed to issue compensation as agreed.
As a consequence, High Court Judge Joseph Sergon said that the court had issued an order directing Boinnet to arrest and apprehend the Defence Permanent Secretary and bring him to court.
Boinnet was served with the court orders but he failed to act as directed.
“It is clear to this court that Mr Torome does not intend to submit himself to this court. It appears he enjoys some protection,” Justice Sergon noted.
The court said Torome is the accounting officer Ministry of Defence and is supposed to show steps he has taken to towards facilitating the payment.
“The Inspector-General need to come to court and explain why he has not apprehended Mr Torome as directed by court,” Justice Sergon.
The applicants, Eunice Makori and Hellen Makone have claimed that the Defence Ministry had failed to pay them for the land in Mombasa belonging to their late relative, which had been surrendered to the government.
The two, mother and daughter respectively through lawyer Lucy Momanyi, said that several visits to the Ministry of Defence to plead for payment, fell on deaf ears despite the High Court order in 2005 directing the government to pay them.
Momanyi also told Justice Sergon yesterday that the widow is ailing and needs specialized treatment.
The Sh17,257,930 they are demanding relates to Sh9.2million awarded to them by the court in 2015 plus accrued interests.
In papers filed by Torome, way back in June this year, he had stated that he does not owe the family any money personally and that whatever they were demanding could only be paid to them after money has been made available to the Ministry by Parliament, for settling such debts.