New details have emerged on why the court locked out media houses and the public during the hearing of Ksh. 39 billion fake firearms tender involving the former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.
The former Sports CS alongside the other five co-accused were accused of receiving Ksh. 115 million from Kozlowski Stanley Bruno after promising them that they will be awarded a tender of supplying firearms to the Kenyan military a thing they were aware was not going to happen.
Echesa and the co-accused were also accused of trying to swindle Ksh. 39.5 billion from the government after forging a letter and presenting it to the manager of Eco Advanced Technologies, contending that it was produced and certified by the Defence Forces Permanent Secretary.
Reports indicated that Echesa in the company of two white men who had a black bag went to Deputy President William Ruto’s Harambee House Annex office on Feb 13, 2020.
Echesa and the two white men underwent Security checks by DP Ruto’s guards before being ushered to the waiting room as Echesa informed the guards that he had an appointment with the second in command who he was not lucky to find while still in the office.
Ecgesa was reportedly given feedback by the guards that the Second in Command was not in as he was attending a burial in Muranga and the former CS and his men left the premises immediately.
The senior principal magistrate who was presiding over the case ordered all public and media members to leave the courtroom because there were three senior Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officials who were bound to testify on the case due to its susceptible nature.