BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,24TH NOV 2017-Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Defence Saitoti Torome will serve to six months in civil jail without an alternative to fine after he was found guilty of contempt of court.
Justice Joseph Sergon gave the sentence after the PS allegedly failed to obey court orders directing him to pay Sh17.2M to a family who gave out their estate to government in 2006.
“The respondents have failed to appear in court and mitigate as to why he has failed to honour court orders having cited for civil jail for contempt earlier,” the judge said.
In the suit, Eunice Makori and Hellen Makone moved to court in 2009 to sue Saitoti through Inspector General Joseph Boinnet after they failed to compensate them for the surrender of the late Johnson Onduko Makori parcel of land situated in Mombasa town to the government.
Makori and Makone said being the administrator and personal representatives of the Estate of Makori, the government failed to pay them Ksh.9.2 million plus other interests in 2006 when the land was given to the government.
The applicants, mother and daughter, claim that on June 2015, a judgement was delivered and they were awarded money for compensation.
They said the judgement and orders given by the Judge were served to Torome, Boinnet and the then Attorney General Amos Wako and they acknowledged receipt.