New twist in the arms multi-billion deal after a vehicle impounded moments after leaving Harambee Annex which houses the office of the Deputy President William Ruto was yesterday produced in court as an exhibit in the fake arms cache case featuring former CS Rashid Echesa.
The court was told that the suspects were arrested by detectives from the Serious Crimes Police Unit as they drove out of the DP’s office at Harambee Annex on their way to the DP’s Karen residence reportedly to meet over the deal.
Talking to the court, chief inspector Maurice Omari said that the documents relating to the fake arms deal were found inside the Subaru legacy of plate number KBY 793N belonging to Kennedy Mboya who was also charged alongside the former Sports CS.
“We intercepted the vehicle as it left Harambee Annex. It had three occupants who are charged in court and at the rear back seat that’s where we recovered the tender documents in question, a laptop and mobile phones,” said Amari.
The witness further told the courts that another vehicle Range rover was also intercepted as it left the DP’s town-based annex office compound.
Inside the high-end vehicle were Rashid Echesa and two foreigners, Kozlowski Stanley Bruno, the CEO of US based ECO Advanced Technologies firm and Egyptian Mamdough Mostafa Lofty, who are also the complainants in the case.
Kenneth Cheruiyot the senior principal magistrate was shown the vehicle at the Milimani Law courts premises parking lot before it was released to the former Sports Cabinet Secretary.
Echesa’s co-accused Kennedy Mboya also asked the courts to release his Subaru legacy, with the court committing to make a ruling on the same by September 3, 2021.
“We did a due diligence search on the motor vehicle belonging to Mboya and we found that there is no dispute, it is his,” Amari said.
The said controversial tender documents of February 13, 2020 were reportedly signed at the DP’s Annex office was between the government of Kenya represented by the Ministry of Defence and ECO Advanced Technologies.
Signatures appearing like those of Defence Cabinet Secretary Dr. Monica Juma and a Major-General (now Lt-General) Francis Ogolla purportedly giving their consent on behalf of the Ministry and the Department of Defence according to a document expert, Chief Inspector Miranda Nasikia, who also gave a testimony.
Nancy Ekakoro, another witness in the case also produced 28 photos obtained from a CCTV footage of the events at Deputy President’s Harambee Annex office and Radisson Blu Hotel where the suspects visited together with the foreigners.
Naskia also informed the courts that Businessman Chrispin Oduor Odipo, also a suspect in the case, was found in possession of a fake stamp impression from the Ministry of Defence during his arrest. With the Victim Oduor, a director of Pzel Company Limited, alleged to have received Sh11.5 million “kickback” on behalf of Echesa in the very deal.
The photos and the witness are of diverse dates including February 13, 2020 at 8:53 am when former Sports CS Echesa and his foreign visitors arrived at the DP’s office City centre annex office.
Echesa, Oduor, Mboya are all charged with falsified documents and felony alongside their counterpart Daniel Otieno Omondi alias General Juma and Clifford Okoth.