Journalists were kicked out of court during the hearing of former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa’s Ksh. 39.5 Billion fake military arms deal.
Reports reveals that the directive was issued on Thursday, June 22, 2021 by senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot after an application by a prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
In his ruling, the magistrate claimed that the testimony that was expected from the three Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) was sensitive and crucial.
“Owing to the sensitivity of the testimony from the senior military officers, members of the press and public are hereby ordered to leave court as long as the crucial evidence is being led,” Cheruiyot stated.
The former Sports Cabinet Secretary is linked to a Ksh. 39 Billion fake arms scandal that was also reportedly involved the office of Deputy President William Ruto.
This is after witnesses told the court on Monday, June 21,2021 that Echesa took two white men to the office of DP Ruto before he was arrested over defrauding Polish traders in the fake gun scandal.
Security details at Ruto’s office were reported to have confiscated a bag and mobile phones belonging to the white men before they were allowed into the premises.
Echesa was alleged to have told the guards that he and the two foreigners had an appointment with the DP. Witnesses nonetheless stated that they did not see any money transaction take place
The former CS is alleged to have convinced the Polish firm, Eco Advanced Technologies LLC, to pay Ksh11, 500, 000 to a company known as Pizzle Consultancy Limited to show commitment.