Appeal case for the late John Gakuo adjourned again


The High Court in Nairobi
The High Court in Nairobi

In Summary

  • Gakuo was serving his jail term for un-procedural procurement of cemetery land in Mavoko for the defunct Nairobi City Council.
  • He died in October 2018 after he was rushed to hospital from Nairobi West Prisons where he was serving his sentence.

The judge presiding over the appeal case of the late John Gakuo and three others failed to appear in court on Friday forcing an adjournment for the third time.

According to the court clerk, Justice John Onyiego was away on official duties.

Lawyers representing the late Gakuo and his co-accused former PS Sammy Kirui and former Nairobi County legal secretary Mary Ng’ethe expressed their disapproval saying:

”The matter has never been heard since the appeal was lodged and we want the case to be heard expeditiously.”

The case has now be postponed to September 18.

Last year, Justice Onyego expressed his regret following the death of Gakuo saying it occurred before justice could be done.

“I was keen to have this matter heard expeditiously but it is unfortunate about the circumstances that have occurred before the court could resolve it,” Onyiego said.

He however indicated that the appeal would proceed even with the turn of events.

On May 15, lats year, John Gakuo and Kirui were jailed for their role in the Ksh. 283million cemetery land scandal.

They were sentenced to three years in jail and fined Ksh. 1million each for abuse of office and failure to comply with procurement rules in purchasing the land.

They were convicted for their role in the multi-million shilling scandal that rocked City Hall between 2008 and 2009.

Gakuo was serving his jail term for un-procedural procurement of cemetery land in Mavoko for the defunct Nairobi City Council.

He died in October 2018 after he was rushed to hospital from Nairobi West Prisons where he was serving his sentence.

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