After what appears to be successive, perhaps tactical, delay in a case in which five terror suspects are charged with attacking the Garissa University, the court finally cracks the whip on Safaricom acting managing director and two of his juniors at the behest of the prosecution.
Chief magistrate Francis Andayi issues the final summons for the three after the DPP complains the mobile service provider has been “frustrating the proceedings.”
“Safaricom is treating this matter casually despite the seriousness of the case and I hereby seek summons to the three officers to explain why they are not co-operating with the prosecution,” prosecutor Duncan Ondimu said.
The Safaricom witnesses are supposed to come to court and assist in deciphering call data to be used in prosecuting the suspects.
Five suspects, including a Tanzanian, are charged in the terror case.
They are Tanzanian Rashid Charles Mberesero, Osman Abdi Dakane, Sahal Diriye Hussein, Hassan Aden Hassan and Mohamed Abdi Abikar.
Safaricom had earlier been given two weeks to make these technical witnesses available for the proceedings, a thing they had not done to date prompting the summonses.
The case was scheduled for hearing on February 12 2018 but it could not proceed as these witnesses were not available.
The prosecutor said one inspector Rabala, a Mr. William Siongok have not co-operated since December 2017.
He applied for the summons to be issued for Rabala, acting Safaricom MD and a Liason- police officer.
The magistrate granted the prosecution’s request and issued the summons for the three to appear in court February 14 2018.