High Court issues warrant of arrest against DCI boss

by Lawyer Wanz
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The High Court has on Tuesday issued a warrant of arrest against the Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti.

In a letter addressed to the Inspector of the National Police Service, the Deputy Registrar of the High Court ordered the police boss to apprehend Kinoti and avail him before the court to answer to charges preferred against him.

You are hereby commanded forthwith to apprehend the said Mr. George Maingi Kinoti and to bring him before this Court to answer to the said charge and to be further dealt with according to law,” the letter read in part.

The DCI boss was in November sentenced to four months in prison after being found guilty of contempt of court. Kinoti had disregarded the court’s order, compelling him to return firearms that had been confiscated from businessman and ODM presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi.

The presiding judge during the sentencing, Justice Anthony Mrima, gave prison authorities a 7-day window to commence Kinoti’s sentence.

The DCI boss is yet to present himself at the Kamiti Maximum Prisons, where he was designated to serve his jail term.

In other news, DCI boss George Kinoti is facing another jail sentence for failing to execute a court order that directed the arrest of Mombasa finance executive Maryam Abdillahi Mbaruk in December 2018.

The CEC had been sued by Mombasa-based car dealer Associated Automobiles Distributors Ltd for failing to pay Sh37 million for six vehicles sold to the defunct Mombasa County Council more than two decades ago.

Associated Automobiles Distributors Ltd told the court that it sold and delivered the vehicles as per the Municipal council’s request and order in the 1998-99 financial year. It also delivered spare parts and rendered services.

In 2018, Justice David Majanja issued orders directing Mbaruk to pay the money. The court also directed her to attend sessions in person. That order was ignored.  

On December 19, 2018, Justice John Mativo ruled that Mbaruk was in contempt of court and directed she be arrested and committed to civil jail.

Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, Kinoti and Julius Titi who was the director of legal affairs at the National Police Service were directed to execute the orders.

The trio has been sued for contempt of court. The car dealer wants them sentenced to serve six months in prison.

In an affidavit filed on December 3, 2021, through Murage Juma and Company Advocates, the car dealer also wants Mbaruk and the three police chiefs ordered to pay a fine of not less than Sh500,000 each.

The case was filed under a certificate of urgency with the municipal county council of Mombasa, now the county government listed as the respondent.

Mbaruk, Mutyambai, Kinoti and Titi are all listed as first, second, third and fourth contemnors respectively.

High Court judge Anthony Ndung’u on Monday, December 6, 2021, ordered that the matter be heard on February 2, 2022.

On November 18, 2021, Kinoti was sentenced to four months imprisonment for failing to obey a court order requiring him to release firearms belonging to businessman Jimi Wanjigi.

Justice Anthony Mrima directed him to surrender to prison authorities within seven days failure to which the Inspector General of Police should effect a warrant of arrest against him.

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