Iringo ordered to appear in court over KES 31M debt
10 June 2014, 11:52
Nairobi - A Tanzanian businessman has prompted a judge to order
Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo to personally appear in court to
explain why he should not be punished for acting in contempt of court.
The PS who was supposed to appear before High Court judge
George Odunga yesterday following an earlier directive that he presents himself
and explain why his ministry is yet to pay Mr James Alfred Koroso over
Sh31million for wrongful prosecution had sent a representative from the
ministry’s legal department as well as a state lawyer to represent him.
However the judge could hear none of their reasons and
demanded that the PS to simply appear before him on July 3 to give the necessary
explanation on why he should not be punished for acting in contempt of court
with regards to the six year old compensation of Sh 31, 576, 584.35.
The representative, Mr Charles Kimani did appear before
Justice Odunga on behalf of Mr Iringo but the judge insisted that the PS should
appear before him in court before anything else in the case is discussed by
those sent by him.
“I am not satisfied that any sufficient reason has been
given why the PS has not complied with last week’s directions to appear before
this court to show cause why he should not be charged with contempt of court or
for not complying with the award, I direct that he appears before this court in
person to show cause why he should not be subjected to punishment for contempt
of court,” said the judge.
Mr Iringo’s lawyer had informed the judge about the PS’s
representative and requested for more time to allow negotiations in a matter he
described as one involving a colossal sum of money.
And Mr Kimani had pleaded with the judge to allow for more
time to hold negotiations on settling the compensation awarded to Mr Koroso in
2008, carry out more investigations and come with a report as well as file an
Mr Kimani also explained that the ministry has had
insufficient funds in financial year 2013/2014.
“This matter is of public interest and we need to appeal or
obtain sufficient time for negotiating teams to carry out investigations and
file a report, time has not been sufficient and that is why the matter is
pending within the same financial year which the ministry has been without
sufficient funds to meet the payment,” said Mr Kimani.
But the judge who has previously issued a warrant of arrest
for Mr Iringo over this case could hear none of the explanation presented on
behalf of the PS.
Mr Koroso who claims that his family house is being
auctioned, was wrongly arrested by Kiambu CID officers in Taita Taveta on
December 17, 1993 while he was transporting his goods between Tanzania and
Kenya after being earlier threatened by police officers that they would deal
with him accordingly for refusing to give them some money.
He was charged with robbery with violence, at a Kiambu
Magistrate court which later acquitted him in December 7, 1995.
According to Mr Koroso, the arrest and pursuit for
compensation has made his incur 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.
Mr Koroso has sued the Interior ministry and the Attorney
General of frustrating his compensation efforts and alleges that government
officials have even threatened to take his life should he not drop his pursuit.
Appellate Judge Jackton Ojwang awarded him the amount after
an appeal by the AG which the Tanzanian national claims delayed his pursuit.
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