Warrant of arrest issued against David Mwiraria over Anglo Leasing scam

A warrant of arrest has been issued against former Finance minister David Mwiraria after failing to appear in court over the Anglo Leasing scandal.

Making the ruling on Monday, Principal Magistrate Felix Kombo said the warrants will take effect on Tuesday.

Mwiraria’s lawyer said the former minister was admitted to hospital over the weekend and is recovering from a hip replacement necessitated by bone cancer.

He was summoned in September and was to appear in court on October 23 after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said Mwiraria should answer to the charges because medical reports showed he was fit.

In March, he failed to appear in court on grounds of ill health for the second time and was given 90 days to recuperate.

Mwiraria is charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit an economic crime and to defraud the government of Sh4.08 billion.

He is also accused of engaging in a project without prior planning and allowing irregular financing of a project intended to upgrade police and other security systems dubbed E-Cops worth Sh6.08 billion.

He faces separate charges alongside 13 other individuals for their role in the Anglo Leasing scam.

They include; Kisii Senator Chris Obure, former Postmaster General Francis Chahonyo and former PSs Sammy Kyungu (Communications), Joseph Magari (Treasury) and Dave Mwangi (Internal Security), former Head of Debt Management at the Treasury David Onyonka and former Finance Secretary Samuel Bundotich.