Former sports minister Rashid Echesa is now using coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to get his impounded high-end cars back.
Echesa has asked a Nairobi court to order the release of his Range Rover so as to allow him make necessary travels.
Echesa, through his lawyer Bryan Khaemba, told Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate that ever since his vehicle was confiscated on March 2, 2020, he has been forced to use public transport.
On March 11, 2020, Echesa filed an application in court seeking to have his vehicle, a Range Rover model of registration plate KCR 786H, returned to him.
And now, Khaemba has gone back to court on his client’s behalf; this time around, arguing Echesa could catch coronavirus – “which is life-threatening” — should he continue using public transport.
In the March 11 application, Echesa also urged the court to instruct the DCI to release his two pistols, arguing that being a former Cabinet minister, his life can be on the line, and, therefore, he needs the guns to enhance his security.
He wanted the firearms — a Beretta 92 and a Ceska pistol — released pending the hearing and determination of his case.
Also confiscated, Echesa claimed, were his 104 9mm rounds of ammunition, three gun holsters and a Ceska magazine.