Sabina Chege-Wazir Chacha case adjourned to October
A case involving Benson Masubo alias Wazir Chacha failed to take off on Wednesday as his lawyer asked for more time to familiarize himself with the case file, forcing the hearing to be adjourned.
Mr Chacha is accused of soliciting money from the Members of Parliament and CSs disguised as Murang’a woman representative Sabina Chege.
His new lawyer, Professor George Wajackoyah, made an application for adjournment telling City Court chief magistrate Roseline Oganyo that he is new in the matter and would need time to acquaint himself before he could proceed.
He was earlier represented by lawyer Job Ngeresa after his arrest in Tarime, Tanzania on March 30 last year.
Ms Oganyo ruled that the matter be adjourned until October 2 for the hearing despite opposition from the prosecution team who had wanted the case to proceed.
The prosecution argued that the matter should proceed since four witnesses –Ms Chege, former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, Dr Cecilia Ngetich and another witness– were already in court and ready to testify in the case.
Mr Chacha is facing six charges among them impersonation, obtaining money by false pretense as well as conspiring to register a Safaricom mobile number in the name of the woman MP.
He registered a mobile number, which he allegedly used to contact Mr Midiwo on March 4 last year and in the process obtaining Sh20, 000 from the former legislator.
Four days later, at Sport Restaurant, the suspect attempted to obtain Sh100, 000 from the former lawmaker.
He was, however, exposed after MPs, including the woman rep, sought police intervention after it emerged that the accused had conned several legislators.
Even though only two legislators were named in court as victims of his alleged fraudulent activities, others are said to include National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi who sent him Sh300, 000 and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, among others.
He was released on a Sh1 million bail on April 25, just three weeks after his arrest, after the probation officer Jenevive Akinyi brought a report saying the accused comes from a good and reliable family.
Mr Midiwo registered his reservations on the accused being released on bond.
His reason was that Mr Chacha has connections to certain influential people and being granted bail will be an avenue for him to try and pervert justice.