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Court Denied acces to Nairobi Hospital to charge fomer PC in Sh 1.5B land fraud claims

Davis Chelogoi fails to take plea yet again in Sh 1.5B land fraud.

by Robert Guyana

A Nairobi Court has been denied access at Nairobi Hospital to charge Former Nairobi Provincial Commissioner (PC) Davis Nathan Chelogoi.

The court together with prosecution,victim lawyers,defense and media had today gathered outside a hospital ward.

The hospital security intervened and said that the court was in breach of their rules and protocols since they were unaware of their visit to the hospital.

The hospital security team said that the rights of privacy against their clients have to be safeguarded,and in case of anything the management ought to have been notified first.

Present at the hospital was magistrate Dolphina Alego,lawyers Suleiman Bashir for victim and Tom Ojienda for the suspect.

The court had ordered Chelogoi to take plea where he is by Thursday because of various adjournments that the defense had on several occasions requested.

The suspect is accused of conspiracy to defraud a businessman 7.39 hectares parcel of land located at Lower Kabete worth Sh1.35 billion.

Victim lawyer Suleiman Bashir while addressing the media outside the court expressed his frustration with the actions of the suspect.

He said that he is concerned that there is malice and delay tactics.

Magistrate Alego directed all parties to file a formal application by the next mention date and they left the Hospital.

Alego had issued the order after Chelogoi failed to appear in court on Wednesday for plea taking.

Chelogoi had been scheduled to plead to the fraud charges after failing for a third time to appear in court..

When the matter came up for plea taking his lawyer Prof Tom Ojienda urged the court to defer plea taking saying Chelogoi is still unwell.

But the prosecution opposed the application for adjournment, asking the court to order an Investigating officer visit Chelogoi where he is and make a report before court could issue further orders.

The court was told that Chelogoi has been avoiding to plead to the charges of land fraud since November last year..

“My client is still sick as per his medical documents from his doctor at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) . We are seeking a defer of the case,” said Prof Ojienda.

The medical document from KNH was produced to court by lawyer Ojienda who sought for more time to have a civil case pending before the High Court..

However, the magistrate in her brief ruling, directed the court to move where Chelogoi is on Thursday at 10 am and take plea in the case.

Earlier, Chelogoi had obtained anticipatory bail from the High Court under instructions that he should avail himself to Court for plea taking only for him to disappear to an unknown place.

However, the prosecution informed the court that Chelogoi failed to comply with the earlier court orders.

“The magistrate had pointed out that the accused was even earlier given cash bail by the Superior Court in a bid to present himself to court for plea taking yet he has not adhered to the same, Court orders are not made in vain..

“In view of the prosecution’s submissions, this court issues a warrant of arrest Against Chelogoi,” the Magistrate had said in her ruling three weeks ago.

In the case, Chelogoi is to be charged alongside the deputy land registrar Andrew Aseri Kirungu with conspiracy to defraud Ashok Rupshi and Hitenkumar Amritlal Raja of their parcel of land valued at Sh1,350,000,000.

Chelogoi separately faces a charge of forcible detainer of the said land where the prosecution claims that he unlawfully detained the land on unknown dates between December 9, 2020 and December 12, 2023.

He also faces a charge of forging a letter of allotment ref. no.75707/ VII dated January 31, 1995, purporting it to be a genuine and valid letter issued by the commissioner of lands.

He is also said to have forged a signature and stamp impression of a land registrar officer namely Pauline Achieng Pesa on or before January 16, 2023.

Kirungu has since denied the charges and is out on a cash bail.

The prosecution informed the Court that they intend to parade a total of 21 witnesses in the case.

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