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Iringo risks arrest over KES 31M bill

05 June 2014, 18:42 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - A High Court judge has asked the interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo to appear in court on Monday to explain why his ministry is yet to pay KES 31million to a Tanzanian businessman for wrongful prosecution.

Justice George Odunga Thursday directed that Mr Iringo should present himself to court for further orders after simultaneously failing to explain why Mr James Alfred Koroso has not been awarded Sh 31, 576, 584.35 since 2008 as compensation for being wrongly arrested and charged with robbery with violence, at a Kiambu Magistrate court which later acquitted him in December 7, 1995.

"The Principal Secretary to appear before this court on June 9 for further orders, said the judge.

Justice Odunga made the directive after a state lawyer representing Mr Iringo said that negotiations are ongoing in order to reach an agreement on what should be done to Mr Koroso.

"We are not ready for reasons that we are still negotiating to settle the matter and coming up with an agreement, we have discussed at length on a way forward so that we get a direction and sign  a consent if any, said the state lawyer.

Justice Odunga has severally issued a warrant of arrest for Mr Iringo which is to remain in force until he honours summons to appear in court.

The judge had asked the Inspector General of Police to arrest him and take him to court to show why he should not be tried for contempt.

Mr Koroso has sued the Interior ministry and the Attorney General of frustrating his claim for six years adding 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.

Mr Koroso was 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.

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 as he is the sole bread winner for his family.

He also claims that his family house is being auctioned.

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