Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has been fined Ksh 5,000 for postponing a case involving the control of Sh1.5 billion in land near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
This comes after the case was postponed due to Gachagua’s lawyer’s illness.
With the advocate stating that he was unable to attend, Justice Ogutu Mboya ruled that Gachagua and Wamunyoro Investment Limited, a company associated with him, be fined Ksh 5,000 for the case’s adjournment.
“In default, the plaintiff shall pay court adjournment fees of Ksh5,000 payable to the National Treasury within seven days,” the Judge ruled.
After being hospitalized, the CEO of a company contesting Gachagua’s ownership of the property requested that he be substituted as the primary witness.
“We may at some point consider substituting Michael John Ohas, the prime witness, because he has been ill for a while and was recently hospitalized,” the company’s lawyer told the court.
In response to the plea, Justice Mboya directed that the application be made in advance and set the hearing for March 16th.
Gachagua is fighting for the Sh1.5 billion property in a case in which the DP claims that another company obtained a title deed to the land in question illegally.
According to previous court documents, Gachagua, through his lawyer, claimed that the Lands office records were tampered with and used as a political witch hunt.