16 January 2014

Kenya: Judge Orders Arrest of Interior PS Iringo

A warrant of arrest has been issued against Internal PS Mutea Iringo. Iringo risks being jailed following orders issued against him by Mombasa High Court judge Mary Kasango over failure to pay Hisham Hamdum Sh1 million in a civil case.

Hamdum had sued the then PS in the Ministry of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security and was awarded Sh500,000 by the court.

Justice Joseph Sergon, who gave out the orders, directed that Iringo pays the money within 45 days from his ruling on December 16, 2006. The Sh500,000 has accrued interest increasing to Sh1,053,500. Hamdum, through his lawyer Mohammed Faki

Khatib, then instituted contempt of court proceedings against Iringo after he allegedly ignored the court order and refused to pay the amount.

Khatib said the PS disrespected the court by ignoring its orders and should be jailed for six months. The lawyer accused Ir- ingo of abuse of office and embarrassing the court.

"Despite being served by the court orders he has failed to obey it and even a warrant has not moved him to pay the decretal sum. He is causing substantial loss to the applicant and embarrass- ing this court through his defiance," Khatib said.

On November 6 last year, Kasango summoned the PS to appear before her and explain the delay in effecting the court order.

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