NYS suspects to receive ‘maximum security’ in prison


NYS suspects to receive 'maximum security' in prison
National Youth Service (NYS) suspects arraigned in court. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The directive came after one of the suspects, Jeremiah Gichini Ngirita - through lawyer Cliff Ombeta - said that his security was not guaranteed especially after he made damning claims against Chief Inspector Mike Muia.
  • "I order all prison authorities to provide maximum protection since the fears of the defense should not be taken lightly," ruled the magistrate.
  • The court also directed the prison authorities to take Lucy Ngirita to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for treatment.

Trial magistrate Douglas Ogoti has ordered prison authorities to accord maximum security to all suspects implicated in the Ksh.9 billion National Youth Service (NYS) graft scandal.

The directive came after one of the suspects, Jeremiah Gichini Ngirita – through lawyer Cliff Ombeta – said that his security was not guaranteed especially after he made damning claims against Chief Inspector Mike Muia.

“I order all prison authorities to provide maximum protection since the fears of the defense should not be taken lightly,” ruled the magistrate.

Ombeta informed the court that his client and Muia were good friends in the past but, because of the affidavits, are no longer close.

According to Ombeta, some unknown people had mentioned to his client that the investigating officer was not happy with the new developments.

“As long as he is in this trial, the officer should not approach or intimidate my client,” he said.

The court also directed the prison authorities to take Lucy Ngirita to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for treatment.

Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Mike Muia has responded to Jeremiah’s affidavit and denied any business relationship with his company known as Jerrycathy Enterprises.

He says that he has never done any business with NYS either in person or proxy and that the only time he has gone to NYS was during investigations involving the case.  He, however, admitted to being friends with Jeremiah.

According to Muia, he met Mr. Gichini through a businessman known as Sammy Kioko in 2003 and they became close friends, adding that he even visited his rural home thrice.

He further stated that, as friends, they would routinely borrow money from each other.

He also denied being a signatory to any of Ann Ngirita’s business accounts saying the only time he met her was on May 21, 2018, at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) when he recorded her statement under inquiry in the presence of four other police officers.

“There was no given time that I was alone with Ms Ann Wambere Ngirita throughout the interrogation and l have never ever made any sexual advances towards her,” he said.

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