Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa’s attempt to secure his release on bail failed today, 14th February.
A Nairobi court ruled that the former CS should spend the weekend in the cells as police conduct investigations into a fake military firearms deal Echesa was allegedly involved in.
The prosecution had asked the court to detain him for three weeks to enable the investigators to piece together all the necessary evidence.
They told the magistrate that Echesa might tamper with investigations if released on bond.
However, his lawyer, Evans Ondieki, claimed that his client was targeted unfairly for “political reasons.”
The court ruled that the suspect be released on a Ksh1 million cash bail, but only after the sleuths have completed their work.
Reason for Arrest
Echesa was arrested yesterday, 13th February, by detectives from Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over what is believed to have been a fake Ksh40 billion security deal.
Two Americans had complained to the DCI that Echesa enticed them to get involved in a fake deal to supply firearms.
Echesa had allegedly assured them that he would use his influence to have them secure the multi-billion military deal.
They had paid some “consultancy fees” before they realised that Echesa was playing hide and seek with them.