Ngirita suffers blow as Court takes her back to DCI

The Ngirita family is yet to be released from jail, one day later.

Lucy is the mother of other four suspects, commonly the Ngirita family. She was turned away by Anti-Corruption Court magistrate Douglas Ogoti after it was discovered that some of documents were not properly filled.

Her file had been placed alongside that of her daughter Ann Wambere, but none was approved.

In the meantime, Phyllis Ngirita, Jeremiah Gichini and his wife, Catherine Wanjiku’s sureties have yet to be verified by the police. They are still in remand.

Earlier, sixteen suspects, including PS Lilian Omollo, NYS ex-director general Richard Ndubai, former finance director Wellington Lubila, are out on bail after their sureties were approved.

The accused were initially denied bail by Ogoti. He had said the charges touched on the economy and were serious. But the defence teams moved to the High Court and Justice Hedwig Ong’udi ordered that they be granted bonds.

Ong’udi said there was nothing compelling to deny their freedom. She directed each of the accused to execute a Sh5 million bond and a Sh2 million surety, and to deposit Sh1 million bail, pending conclusion of the case.

Their release has been slow after the DPP wrote to the DCI to ensure the sureties surrendered are not proceeds of crime.

The DPP directed the DCI to confirm the validity and legitimacy of the securities after the Assets Recovery Agency raised concerns some of the funds intended for use were suspect and subject of the ongoing cases.

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