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Judge declines to adjourn NYS II suit

The Anti-Corruption Court yesterday ordered Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti to investigate medical documents tabled in court yesterday by Anne Ngirita, who is facing charges over the loss of Sh226 million at National Youth Service (NYS).

Milimani Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti made the orders after  Ngirita through her lawyer, sought to have the matter adjourned to allow her seek medical treatment at Mater Hospital.

“I am directing the DCI to investigate this report and give feedback within three days as to the veracity of the contents therein,” ruled the magistrate.

Ogoti declined to allow the adjournment over the conflicting information tabled before court and the submissions made by Ngirita’s lawyer.

“The court is reluctant to give the adjournment because of conflicting information on the medical sheets handed over to the court. The second is the submission by the lawyer which differs with what is reflected in the medical sheets,” ruled Ogoti.

Lawyer Kiraithe Wandugi said that matters of illness should not be handled casually and adjournment can be granted which is a possibility.  It is claimed that Ngirita received Sh59.8 million from NYS  for “supplying air”.

She had informed the court that she has been unwell and was receiving treatment at a Kinangop hospital before being referred to Mater.  But Ogoti while disallowing the application said the case will never be completed since the matter involves several lawyers and 37 accused persons.

“This court has noted systematic and consistent applications for adjournment which had already been ruled on which is an attempt to scuttle the case,” said the magistrate.

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