Former CS Echesa, co-accused released on Sh 1 million bail


Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and his co-accused have been released on a cash bail of Sh 1 million after pleading not guilty to several fraud related charges.

The DPP had opposed their release on bail on grounds that they would interfere with crime scenes and witnesses.

However his lawyers led by Evans Ondieki and Cliff Ombeta objected the application saying that bail is a constitutional right and there were no compelling reasons to deny them bail.

They further argued that the affidavit relied on by the DPP to deny the bail was not commissioned and was not served upon them. They accused the DPP of ambushing them with it.

Senior Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot ruled that there was no existence of compelling reasons to deny the accused persons bail.

In addition, the court granted the four a bond of Sh 3 million.

Achesa is charged alongside Daniel Otieno Omondi alias general Juma , Clifford Okoth Onyango alias Paul and Kennedy Oyoo Mboya.

They are accused of obtaining the Sh 11.5 million from Kozlowski Stanley Bruno by falsely pretending they were in a position to award him a contract for supply and delivery of military equipment to the ministry of defense a fact they knew to be false.

The four are further accused of a attempting to obtaining Sh 39,544,200,000 billion from Bruno pretending he will be awarded the said tender by department of the defense.

Echasa is facing a solo charge of impersonating the personal assistant to the deputy president William Ruto by presenting himself as so to Bruno and Mamdough Mostafa Amer Lofty.

Omondi alias general Juma is also accused of impersonating as general Juma from KDF and was in position to award Bruno and Lofty a tender for agreement for supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and maintenance of integrated security surveillance system.

The accused persons further faced counts of conspiracy, making documents without authority and uttering false documents.

The matter will be mentioned on 3rd March 2020 for pre-trial.