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Tuskys directors get nod to access witness statements in Sh1.6b case

A court yesterday gave the prosecution a month to provide witness statements to two directors of Tuskys supermarket charged with stealing Sh1.6 billion from the company.

Control of the business took a new twist in May when Stephen Mukuha and George Gachwe were arraigned in a Nairobi court and charged with five charges of theft by directors.

When the case came up for hearing before Milimani Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo, the accused, through lawyer Saibabo Kanchori protested in court that the prosecution has failed to give them witness statements and list of exhibits to enable them to prepare their defence.

The magistrate ordered the prosecution to supply the defence with all the witness statements before August 23. He further directed the investigating officers to release the items which include computers and cellphones to the accused persons as requested if the prosecution does not intend to use them as evidence in the case.

In the case, the prosecution alleges that between 2002 and 2012 at Tuskys headquarters on Mombasa Road, the accused jointly with others not before court stole Sh1.6 billion belonging to Tuskys, which came into their possession by virtue of being directors of the company. They denied the charges and are out on a cash bail of Sh1 million each.

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