Former Devolution CSMs Waiguru whe eight nys suspects want to be stopped from making any comments about the ongoing case.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru is on the receiving end after suspects in the Sh791 National Youth Service scam asked her to keep off their case.
The eight also want Ms Waiguru to stop making any comments about the ongoing case.
They have been charged with money laundering.
Lawyer Maina Wachira for John Kinuthia and Paul Van Dame urged the court to bar Waiguru from commenting on the matter completely since it is prejudicial to their clients.
They say Waiguru has been making endless trips to media houses continually making comments exonerating her at the expense of the suspects.
They additionally want the Public Accounts Committee barred from summoning any of the accused.
Call and letters have been dispatched by from the committee summoning them to appear before it on various dates.
Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko cautioned that he could not speak on behalf of the ex-CS saying she is no longer a public officer or a witness in the case and as such if the court deems it necessary should serve her with summons like any other ordinary Kenyan.
The court has also declined to expunge Charity Gethi from the trial.
Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku decline the application citing endless time by accused person to appears in court.
Josephine Kabura and Ben Gethi appeared before Nairobi chief magistrate Daniel Ogembo alongside six others on Monday.
They denied 15 counts of money laundering and were released on Sh300,000 cash bail or Sh1 million bond each.
The eight were accused of colluding to wire the amount from NYS coffers and using part of it to purchase property through phony companies.
They allegedly committed the offences between December 1, 2014 and March 2015.
Gethi’s mother Charity, his sister Jedida Wangari and one other suspect did not appear in court.
The magistrate heard that Charity was admitted at Melchizedek Hospital in Nairobi. He issued warrants for the arrest of the two.
The 11 suspects were to answer to the charges in February but were yet to following multiple applications seeking to block their prosecution.
Proceedings resume a day before end month.