A Nairobi court has issued a warrant of arrest against controversial businesswoman Josephine Kabura, who is associated with Sh791 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal, for failing to appear in court for the mention of the case.
Milimani Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo issued the arrest order against her after the Director of Public Prosecutions, through State counsel Gitonga Muranga, informed the court that she was not in court.
The suspect is wanted over a case of money laundering which was registered in February but has never taken off after one of the accused Martin Wanjohi filed an application before Ogembo seeking to stop plea taking.
At the same time, the magistrate directed a comprehensive medical report on Charity Gethi, mother of businessman Ben Gethi be produced as she was also not in court. Kabura, Gethi and her mother, whose companies are believed to have benefited from the scam, are jointly charged with nine others with money laundering.
Both are yet to plead to the charges. They were expected to appear in court Friday for the hearing of the preliminary objection application in which they are challenging the jurisdiction of the magistrates court to prosecute them.
But the court directed that all the accused persons in the matter appear on July 12 for the hearing of the application. Kabura, Gethi and their suspected accomplices are accused of using the Sh791 million stolen from NYS to buy property “while knowing that the said money was the proceeds of crime.”
They had initially lost a bid to stop the case at the High Court in which they had challenged their prosecution, but the defence team, led by senior counsel Joseph Wagara, launched a fresh objection at the lower court which is yet to be heard and determined.
Muranga accused the defence for delaying the matter since February after the case was registered and preliminary objection raised. In their objection the suspect’s are challenging the trail court’s jurisdiction in handling the case.