PS Kibicho summoned over torture claims

Calls for PS to be arrested

Interior Principal Secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has been summoned to personally appear before the High Court.

PS Kibicho was summoned by a High Court judge to answer to contempt of court charges against him by journalist Peter Makori.

The PS had earlier promised to comply with a High Court order and pay Ksh12.4 million as compensation to Mr Makori for torture.

Justice Anthony Ndung'u ordered Dr Kibicho to appear in person in Kisii after the PS failed to present himself.

Lawyer wants PS Kibocho arrested

Senior State Counsel Prisca Wambui had told the court in September that the government would honour a court order to compensate Makori.

Ms Wambui informed the court that Dr Kibicho had allegedly authorized the payments and successfully applied for an adjournment of the contempt hearing.

However, yesterday neither PS Kibicho nor his representatives showed up in court.

Mr Makori's lawyer asked the court to issue a warrant of arrest against the PS for misleading the court that the compensation was to be paid.

The Journalist had said that state officials have frustrated his bid to get Ksh12 million the High Court ordered as payment for torture, unlawful detention and malicious prosecution.

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