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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,19TH SEPT 2018-Former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo will remain in police custody for the second day running until Thursday when he is expected to raise the Sh5 million cash bail to secure his freedom.
Deputy Registrar Elizabeth Tanui on Wednesday directed that he remain in custody until 1pm, when he is expected to have raised the money for his release.
After along dya in court for Jirongo,the court directed that the flamboyant politician be taken to remand prison should he fail to pay the Sh5 million.
Businessman Bryan Yongo wants him jailed for failing to settle a Sh20 million debt.
The warrant for Mr Jirongo’s arrest was issued by the court on August 6 and the OCS Muthangari police station had been directed to execute it speedily.
Mr Jirongo earlier agreed to pay the debt saying he would prioritise it he was going to give it priority after selling his 500 acres of land in Ruai, Nairobi County, and another five acres in Kisumu.
He had also been expecting compensation from the Nairobi government for a plot in Industrial Area.
The accused’s failure to settle the debt prompted Mr Yongo to apply for warrants for his arrest.
He has asked the court to commit Mr Jirongo to civil jail for failing to pay the debt which was advanced in 2014.
The two had in 2015, agreed that the amount will be settled in three installments.
According to the suit papers in custody of Yongo ,“Mr Jirongo was to pay Sh5 million by October 15, 2015 then follow up with installments of Sh5 million and the final installment within 60 days but he has failed to honour the consent,” the papers say.
The application by Mr Yongo followed one by Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary-General Francis Atwoli, who is demanding Sh110 million from Mr Jirongo.
The court had found Mr Jirongo personally liable to pay Mr Atwoli and had directed him to do so but the debt is yet to be settled.