Former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo will now be in possession of his passport, 28 years after it was seized by the court over a Sh50 million fraud case.

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Mr Jirongo has been picking and returning the passport to the court for over two decades, a move which he argued that had been hectic.

Through lawyer Danstan Omari, Jirongo successfully argued that he will attend court sessions whenever he is needed by the court.

Mr Omari further told Chief magistrate Francis Andayi, "The accused is not a flight risk. He is a presidential candidate and will always turn up in court for his trial."

The prosecution team opposed the application, insisting that there are high chances that Jirongo, a former presidential candidate, will not attend sessions.

But Mr Andayi overruled the prosecution's objection and returned the accused's travel document.

He, however, directed Mr Jirongo to be appearing in court with the passport whenever the case is mentioned.

It is alleged that with intent to defraud, Mr Jirongo induced Post Bank Credit Limited to accept a bank charge for a parcel of land registered in the name of Soy Developers Limited, which he used to obtain an overdraft of Sh50 million for his company Cyber Projects International.

It is further alleged that he forged a bank cheque and then claimed it was genuine and had been signed by his former business partner, Mr Sammy Kogo.

Mr Jirongo is now new to controversy. He has been in an out of courts, and was detained early this year over debts. He was declared bankrupt in 2017.