Linturi says he has 35 cases pending in court

Agriculture CS nominee Mithika Linturi told the National Assembly Committee on Appointments that he has 35 civil cases pending in court.

Linturi is not new to legal troubles, but his revelations today have gone beyond what was in the public domain. He has been in court since 2012 facing a variety of offenses, including parental neglect and attempted rape.

The MPs led by Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa and Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi put Linturi on task to explain his litany of cases and runnings with the law.

While raising the issue of sub judice, Mithika says that he is an open book adding that he had a bad relationship with the DCI fueling his numerous arrests.

Rape Charge

In his submissions to the committee, Linturi denied the allegations that he instigated the withdrawal of the rape case against him. He told the committee that he did not initiate the withdrawal but the complaint requested he withdraws his extortion complaint filed in Nanyuki.

“It was not the DDP who decided to do it but the complainant who decided to move the matter.”

Linturi faced attempted rape charges in September of last year.

According to the charge sheet, Linturi was charged with making an unlawful and premeditated attempt to rape a 36-year-old lady at 3 am on January 30, 2021, at Maiyan Villa’s hotel in Nanyuki.

Linturi, a senator for Meru at the time, denied the allegations and was subsequently freed on a KES 500,000 bond.

The charge sheet stated, “Charged with attempted rape, according to section 4 of the Sexual Offenses Act of 2006.”

In addition, it was alleged that the former Meru senator engaged in an indecent act with an adult in violation of section 11(A) of the Sexual Offenses Act of 2006.

He was charged with two counts — attempted rape and an indecent act. His case was dropped early this month after the woman had agreed to withdraw the complaint and the proceedings.

“I was a victim but was framed as the perpetrator in that case. The idea was to embarrass and humiliate me.”

Forged Documents

On accusations that he forged documents to get two loans one worth KES 530 million and the other KES 100 million, Linturi denied the allegations.

He said, “On those matters, the courts exonerated me on forgeries charges. This was also a case of DCI trying to take away my investments in those companies.”

In March last year, the three time legislator was charged with giving false information, obtaining credits by false pretenses, personation, abuse of office and fraudulently procuring the registration of charge documents in connection to a KES 530 million loan.

Atticon Limited, a company that Linturi entirely owned before selling 50 per cent shares to Baron Estates Ltd, which is connected to the estranged wife, was at the centre of the commercial and forgery conflict.

Baron Estates agreed to guarantee a KES 50 million loan that Linturi planned to take out at Family Bank in exchange for the transfer of ownership.

However, he was charged with forcibly evicting Baron Estates from Atticon and illegally raising the loan amount secured by the Baron’s property to KES 530 million.

Documents filed in court identified Baron Estates’ signatories as Rodha Kitany and Collins Kipchumba Ngetich.

The forensic audit report filed in court showed that Rodha Kitany’s signature was forged to secure loans of KES100 million from Family Bank, another loan of KES 325.7 million, and a separate overdraft facility of KES100 million using the properties of Baron Estates.

The committee on Appointments, however, decided to leave the court matters and proceed to vet the CS nominee on issues surrounding agriculture.

Deputy Chairperson of the committee Gladys Sholei said, “Let us not belabour on matters before the courts but concentrate on Mithika’s competency for the role of Agriculture CS,” while the chairperson, Moses Wetangula said, “This is not a trial court but to the extent that they touch on his competency as CS for Agriculture, he should answer but we are not here to determine whether he is innocent or guilty.”

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