The families of former MP Raphael Wanjala and Joyce Akinyi have finally raised the money required to bail the two out of an Indian jail. But it may take another 10 days to secure their release from Tihar Prison in New Delhi where they have been languishing for 22 days.
The families raised Sh1.560,000 to bail them out of India’s second largest jail. Mr Wanjala is the former Budalang’i MP while his girlfriend is a Nairobi businesswoman at the centre of a property wrangle with her estranged Nigerian husband Antony Chinedu.But the hitch has to do with a holiday in India as most government offices are closed.
The Diwali holiday runs for five days and many Indians often extend the celebrations, which began on Tuesday, for another five days.Last night, the Kenyan high commissioner in New Delhi, Mr Festus Kaberia, told the Nation that he had received sufficient money.“I received the money on Monday night, a bit too late for official business.
“We will have to wait for the courts to reconvene. Meanwhile, Wanjala and Akinyi are still in custody,” said Mr Kaberia by telephone from New Delhi. Mr James Wanjala, a brother of the former MP and Mr Ojiambo Obada, the family spokesman, said the family had raised the money without any help from friends or his party, Ford-Kenya.
Mr Wanjala and Ms Akinyi were arrested early this month at New Delhi airport with more than $100,000, the equivalent of Sh7.59 million in cash. In India, any cash worth more than $5,000 (Sh375,000) has to be declared. Mr Wanjala, a former Water and Irrigation assistant minister, and Ms Akinyi had travelled from Uganda via Dubai on an Emirates EK-514 flight.
New Delhi’s Revenue Intelligence Department was alerted about the arrests while the Narcotics Bureau is also busy investigating whether large sum of money had been meant for purchasing drugs, according to a Delhi newspaper that reported the arrests.
Africa is dark- in that there are no systems in place. No schedules, norms and cultures. African governments are dark too – they have no set policy on extradictions, foreign arrests etc. Our leaders are too busy rubbing their own fat tummies. The Wanjala case in on point – The kenya governemtn had no idea what to do. Where to start? Perhaps they should just not have been told that he was in jail?
Africans need civilisations – not to start wearing clothes or go to schools but to learn how to relate with one another. It is not just about me and my tribe abut rather me and my nation and jjust as a fish rots fromt he head this paradign shift must start fromt he very top … in an ideall situation. But nothing is ideal in this world. So we could just as well start a citizen revolution. HAKI YETU. We deserve a functional government, we deserve a police service that actually serves people, a civil service that has current technoly, skills and approaches to work.
Perhaps if any of the former foreign ministers had made a policy on foregn arrests and made any efforts at implementing it – then the government would not be fumbling in the dark as badly as it is doing today.