High Court closes criminal review application by businessman Kirimi Koome

Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi.

Kenyan entrepreneur Kirimi Koome has withdrawn an application seeking to review his criminal case.

Koome was charged two weeks ago with Sh 400 million fraud involving Rwandese national Desire Muhinyuza and Stay Online Limited.

Through his lawyer Areba Omwanza, Justice Lilian Mutende heard that the DCI and the DPP had already filed a similar application in which orders were granted and therefore proceeded to charge Koome.

“The ODPP and the DCI proceeded to file another similar application seeking similar orders which they were allowed and thereafter they charged our client. Any other proceeding we do in the matter would be an academic exercise,” Omwanza told the court.

As a result of the DPP’s move, the applicants proceeded to mark the matter as closed or withdrawn.

The judge closed the file since there was no objection from the DPP and other respondents in the matter which included the DCI, the Inspector General, Equity Bank and United Bank of Africa.

The Rwandese, through lawyer Danstan Omari accused Koome of conspiring to defraud Desire Muhinyiza over USD 2.6 million and stealing USD 100,000 from Stay Online Limited; money which had been entrusted to him to make payment of provision of taxes for the said company.

Koome had moved to court seeking orders to stay orders issued on 18th September 2023 directing Equity Bank to freeze his accounts.

The accused denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Lukas Onyina and was released on a cash bail of Sh 500,000.

He will appear in court for the pre trial of his criminal case on 7th November 2023.