It’s a relief for former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa after a Nairobi court has directed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to return his two pistols and a Range Rover vehicle seized from him in February 2020.
The Nairobi Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot made the ruling following an application by the former Sports CS Echesa seeking to have his two firearms and his Range Rover car returned to him.
EX-CS Rashid Echesa argued in his application that his movement had been paralyzed as he resulted to the use of public means of transport at a time when there is a risk of catching the COVID-19 virus as his Range Rover car continued to rot in a police station
Rashid Echesa said that the move to withdraw his car was humiliating and did not serve any value to the court case facing him and that saw him kicked out of the government.
When delivering the ruling, Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot noted that withholding Rashid Echesa’s two firesarms was contravening the law as the case facing him had nothing to do with the pistols.
“I find that and hold that the applicant is entitled to possess the firearm and to also enjoy his motor vehicle,” Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot ruled directing that the two firearms be returned to Rashid Echesa accompanied with the ammunition and the ceska magazine in police custody.
The former Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Rashid Echesa was arrested in February in fraud-related charges where he is accused of having swindled 11.5 million shillings to link a drone selling company to the government.
The fraud that amounted to a lose of 39 billion shillings also involved numerous other military equipment and was the last blow to Rashid Echesa after numerous other scandles that pushed President Uhuru Kenyatta to fire him from his cabinet.