FOR people for have bought helicopters that you see roaring in the skies lately, the Ksh9 million cash bails is slap on the wrists to Kibwezi West Mp Patrick Musimba and his wife Angela who spent three days in the cooler in a Ksh 1 billion money l;aundering case.
Kibwezi West MP Patrick Musimba and his wife Angela Mwende have been charged with money laundering and stealing the money from Chase Bank.
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The prosecution asked the court to treat the politician “like any other accused person” notwithstanding his role in society nor the public notice by the president who sent a memo to all Mps to participate in discussions on the controversial 16 per cent VAT slotted for September 18 2018…”having taken a lot of money belonging to depositors.”
Although the prosecution did not oppose their release on bond, state counsel James Warui asked the court to impose fresh bail terms commensurate with the alleged stolen funds which were depositors money at the bank.
Initially, the Mp had applied through his lawyer to have the proceedings conducted in camera due to what he termed were grave matters touching on national security but linked to the case.
The prosecution opposed that request…
Also facing charges are former Chase Bank director and Chief Executive Officer Duncan Kabui, former General Manager of Corporate Credit James Mwaura Mwenja, former General Manager Makarios Omondi Agumbi, Lucien Sunter Vlasman, whose whereabouts are unknown and Ronald Petrus, said to be deceased.
Two other entities Porting Access Limited and Itecs Limited of which Musimba and wife are directors were charged and the duo entered pleas of not guilty on their behalf with attendant bond of Ksh5 million.
Khan’s lawyer Cecil Miller said he had been released on a cash bail of Ksh2 million in two other cases arising from the same Chase Bank transactions.
So far, the veteran lawyer has secured the same terms for Khan in this new case.
A mention has been set for September 20 2018 to determine the Mp’s bail terms.
Pleas that the MP needed time to represent his constituents in the September 17 2018 16 per cent VAT debate in parliament fell on deaf ears.
Equally ignored were assertion that the couple have a child with special needs who may miss their care while they are incarcerated.
A lawyer pressed for the Mp to be released albeit on a personal bond, but was ignored.
They couple will spend three nights at the Kileleshwa police station.