Former presidential candidate Cyrus Jirongo will spend a second night in police custody as his lawyers seek to raise Sh5 million to secure his release.
The former vibrant politician (also former Lugari MP) was arrested on Tuesday and detained at Muthangari police station for failing to refund businessman Brian Yongo Sh20 million that he took as a loan.
On Tuesday the High court deputy registrar directed him to deposit Sh5 million in court by close of business Wednesday to be released on bail.
However, his lawyers asked the court for more time to comply with the court’s direction and pleaded with the court saying that the politician is a public figure and therefore, not a flight risk which the court declined.
The registrar said in the event the politician fails, he will be remanded at the Industrial Area prison pending compliance.
Mr Jirongo is battling another debt of Sh100 million claimed by Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli.
Another businessman Sammy Boit Arap Kogo wanted Mr Jirongo declared bankrupt over a debt amounting to Sh700 million, which he owed some eight companies belonging to Mr Kogo.