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Court tired of Iringo 'excuses'

03 July 2014, 18:46 Millicent Kawii

Nairobi - A High Court judge has refused Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo’s explanation for not appearing in court as per his order in a case which a Tanzanian businessman seeks compensation for wrongful prosecution.

Although Mr Iringo had explained through his lawyer that he was not able to appear before the judge as per his order because he had a security meeting to attend, Justice George Odunga said that the PS should also consider Mr James Alfred Koroso’s plight.

He ordered that the Ps should appear before him today since his initial order was specific that Mr Iringo should appear in person.

The judge insisted that Mr Koroso has been pursuing his KES 31, 576, 584.35 compensation for six years since a declaration was made that he had been arrested on December 17, 1993 and charged with robbery with violence, at a Kiambu Magistrate court which later acquitted him in December 7, 1995.

“ My order was very specific, the PS was to appear in person, it is not wrong to send representation, I agree security issues of this country is paramount but the PS must consider Mr Koroso’s plight, right have to be considered and he has been waiting for six years, accordingly he should appear before this court today at 9.00a.m,” said Justice Odunga.

Mr Iringo’s lawyer had explained that the PS did not act in contempt for failing to appear before him as ordered but had gone to a security meeting and was requesting for another date.

According to Mr Koroso’s lawyer, the Tanzanian claimed that he had been receiving death threat through text messages and requests to drop the case.

Mr Koroso produced a copy of a letter written to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga over his plight and the fact that he had ran bankrupt on legal costs while pursuing his compensation suit.

But the judge declined the letter to be forwarded to Dr Willy Mutunga.

Mr Koroso also claims that he has  incurred massive losses in his business as well as seen his son who enrolled in a university in London drop out due to lack of fees.

He has sued the Interior ministry and the Attorney General.

Justice Odunga has severally issued summons to the Interior PS and even issued warrants of arrests over this case.

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