Days after controversial businessman, Jimmy Wanjigi was charged before a Nyeri court with illegal possession of firearms, his father has also been summoned in the same court facing charges of failing to keep safe custody of a firearm.
Former Cabinet Minister Maina Wanjigi who was served with court summons on Friday, however failed to appear in court to take plea Monday with his lawyer, Kiogora Mugambi, saying he was indisposed and not in a position to do so.
Kiogora told Chief Magistrate, Wendy Kagendo that Maina was recuperating after undergoing a surgical operation and was not fit to stand trial or even be transported to take plea.
Maina who is a licensed firearm holder according to the charge sheet is facing the offense of failing to exercise precaution to ensure his pistol was not lost, stolen or end up in the wrong hands on October 17, 2017 within Nairobi.
His lawyer prayed for the plea to be deferred for six months to give him time to recover, but the prosecution opposed the application on grounds that no evidence or medical documents had been tendered in court to proof he was ailing.
Prosecutor Wesley Nyamache admitted that the accused looked frail when he was being served with court summons and asked the suspect to be given two weeks to table evidence.
Earlier orders stopping trial of his son, Jimi, over 11 counts of illegal possession of firearms were tabled before the court where he was meant to take plea.
This was after he successfully obtained temporary orders stopping his trial before High court in Nairobi.
Meanwhile, another suspect alleged to have sold three military rifles and 100 rounds of ammunition to Jimi in October 17, 2013, did not take plea after it became apparent he was not served with summons in time.
Lawyer Kiogora told the court that the accused, Memba Muriuki, received court summons Monday morning and was not in a position to take plea.
The accused, who is an advocate, is said to have committed the offense at Armament Limited at Umeme Plaza along Naivasha road in Nairobi.
The court directed all the matters to be mentioned on March 15 for directions.
Source: Kenya News Agency