Friday saw arraignment of former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa, at JKIA law courts. Allegations against him involve a fake firearm tender deal involving Ksh 39 billion.
Detectives will travel to the United States to collect more evidence. In the meantime, the prosecution made an application for Echesa to remain in custody for three weeks.
However, his lawyers argued the arrest was political because of his steadfast stance against ongoing Building Bridges Initiative.
His defence further stated that holding him for 21 days was a malicious act. They termed there wasn’t enough evidence for Echesa to remain in custody.
The legal team said such a move focused at waging woes against politicians who did things differently.
Formers sports CS was arrested on Thursday along Harambee Avenue in connection with a syndicate involving fake multibillion tenders from the government.
Most parts of Thursday afternoon saw Echesa under grilling at the DCI headquarters along Kiambu roads for the firearms tender deal. Other allegations include using a signature of Defence CS Ambassador Monica Juma, and Office of the Deputy President to indulge in fraudulent activities.
The fraud plot
The former CS approached foreign investors by promising them a lucrative deal that would earn them Ksh 39.5 billion. He had already asked them to deposit $115,000 into the account of a Pizzle Consultancy firm.
Prior to the arrest, Echesa met with the investors in a hotel in Nairobi. Accompanying the former CS were individuals in military attires, with one introducing himself as a General. The alleged General said the equipment would be supplied to the Defence Department.
Afterwards, the company directors arranged for Echesa to travel to Poland, the firm’s headquarters and insect the firearms. After approving the firearms, Echesa would receive Ksh 52 million.
Awkward turn of events
The day for meeting people in charge, Thursday, February 13 came, and things turned haywire. An American and Egyptian were ushered into the DPs office at Harambee Annex. To their dismay, the man called General welcomed them wearing a suit.
To add injury to the wound, they were not able to meet the Deputy President. Currently, there’s an ongoing forensic investigation regarding the fictitious signatures.
Later, Echesa went to Muthaiga Police Station alongside Clifford Okoth, Kennedy Oyoo, and Daniel Otieno Omondi.