Court issues warrant of arrest against Safaricom PLC directors for contempt


A Nairobi court has issued a warrant of arrest against all directors of Safaricom PLC after finding them in contempt.

Senior Principal Magistrate H. Nyakweba further ordered the directors to be arraigned before her for sentencing.

The warrant was issued after Ephantus Mbogo Njuki moved to court seeking the court to find the directors of Safaricom in contempt.

In his application, Njuki told the court that Safaricom PLC was duly served with a Garnishee order absolute on 4th October 2022 for the release Sh 7,778,887.24 by way of email but has failed and ignored to adhere with the same.

The magistrate ruled that he did not find any reason why he should not order the lifting of the corporate veil for Safaricom and punish its directors for contempt.

“As a result, I issue a warrant arrest against all directors of Safaricom PLC. Upon arrest, the directors will be arraigned before me for sentencing as soon as will be reasonably practical and in the event, not later than 10th January, 2023,” the magistrate ruled.

Njuki urged the court to punish the contemnors by imprisonment for six months or as the court may deem fit attaching their assets to compensate him for the loss suffered as a result of the contempt in the alternative.

The directors are Dilip Pal, Christopher Kirugia, CS Treasury, Winifred Ouko, Raisibe Morathi, Sitholizwe Mdalalose, Rose Ogega, Peter Waititu Ndegwa, Francesco Bianco, former CEO Michael Joseph, Elijah Bitange Ndemo, Mohamed Shameel Aziz Joosub and Linda Watiri Muriuki.