Justice George Odunga has directed Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Joseph Boinet, Kenya’s top police officer, to personally execute a warrant of arrest against the Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) of the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination, Dr Karanja Kibicho, for failing to comply with a court order.

Justice Odunga said here Thursday that Boinet should present the Principal Secretary to court on Nov 28, 2016, adding that the Officer in Charge of the Nairobi Central Police District had failed to apprehend the Principal Secretary as ordered.

“The warrant should be returned to court to confirm compliance on the material day,” said the judge. The warrant against Kibicho was first issued on Oct 13 after he failed to comply with the court order issued on Dec 5, 2015 asking to pay 2,647,019 shillings (about 26,100 US dollars) in damages for torture to Michael Danson Mahugu.

The order was issued on Feb 11 2014 and after unsuccessfully making several attempts to have the money paid to him, Mahugu filed an application to compel Kibicho to comply with the court verdict.

The victim had initially lodged a petition in the High Court in 2003 seeking compensation for damages from the government through the Attorney-General. His lawyer says the petition was allowed by the court and judgment was made in his favour and he was awarded the amount with interest plus cost of the suit.

During the hearing of the petition, his lawyer submitted to the court that Mahugu was tortured by police Special Branch officers in 1987.