A CASE against ex-Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero son Ronald has failed to take off again, prompting a trial court to flex its judicial muscle by issuing a warrant of arrest for an investigating officer involved in the matter.

Lawyers have been protesting that the zeal with which he was arrested, profiled and charged is no longer there in prosecuting the case.

Click to read our earlier post on this matter:

Kidero son Ronald Odhiambo’s case: Lawyers now protest delay in prosecution

 

There have been 5 successive mentions in this case with the prosecution  seeking time to get copies of documents it will rely on from the investigating officer.

A further mention was set for October 22 2018.

The investigating officer was absent in court and has not made the case file available.

Kidero’s son is facing charges of storing and selling fuel at Ridgeways Shell petrol station, along Kiambu Road in Nairobi but his defence team believes he  met all legal requirements for his business.

According to a charge sheet, Ronnie was on August 3 2018 found to have stored the below par 28,000 litres of diesel and 14,000 litres of motor vehicle gasoline in two petroleum storage tanks.

Not ready to proceed

Police charged him with being in possession of the products that did not meet the Kenya Bureau of Standards(KBS) requirements.

He was  released on a cash bail of KSh100,000 and the  case set for  mention on August 23 2018 with a hearing set for September 4 2018.

He has now appeared in court five times for the hearing but the prosecution has not been ready to proceed.

The warrant of arrest was issued by Chief magistrate Francis Andayi after the investigating officer once again failed to appear in court.

A prosecutor also said she did not have the police file in court to facilitate the exchange of copies of  documents with the defence.

To date the defence team has not been supplied with the necessary documents.