All suspects implicated in the Sh9 billion National Youth Service (NYS) graft scandal are to be accorded maximum security in prison, trial magistrate Douglas Ogoti has ordered.
The order came following a complaint by one of the suspects, Jeremiah Gichini Ngirita. Through his lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, Mr Ngirita said that his security was not guaranteed especially after he made damning claims against Chief Inspector Mike Muia.
Ombeta told the Court that his client and Muia were good friends in the past but are no longer close because of the affidavits.
According to Ombeta, unknown people had mentioned to his client that the investigating officer was not happy with the Jeremiah’s affidavit, that included claims that Muia made sexual advances towards Anne Wambere Ngirita.
“As long as he is in this trial, the officer should not approach or intimidate my client,” stated the lawyer.
Magistrate Douglas Ogoti rules: “I order all prison authorities to provide maximum protection since the fears of the defense should not be taken lightly.”
The court also directed the prison authorities to take Lucy Ngirita(Ann Ngirita’s mother) to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for treatment.
This after the suspect informed the court that she was unwell and required special treatment.