The Star (Kenya)
MP Ngeno released on Sh2 million bond
Court declines the prosecution’s application objecting to the lawmaker’s request for freedom
Emurua Dikirr MP Johana Ngeno who is charged with hate speech and offensive conduct was on ursday released on bond.
Nakuru chief magistrate Elizabeth Usui released Ngeno on a Sh2 million bond with a surety of a similar amount or a cash bail of Sh1 million.
e MP was arrested on Monday at his home in Emurua Dikirr constituency before being moved to Narok police station. He was later transferred to Nakuru Central police station and has been in custody for three days.
Ngeno was held at the Nakuru GK Prison for two days after the chief magistrate deferred the ruling for his bond application to ursday.
e charge sheet says that on September 6 at Junction area, Olgos Sofia village in Transmara, Ngeno used abusive language likely to stir ethnic hatred.
He faced a second count of offensive conduct for allegedly using abusive language against the Presidency and the first family at a public gathering at the home of the late Joseph Oitakei.
During the bail and bond ruling, the court declined the prosecution’s application objecting TO the MP’S release on bond saying that he was not a flight risk.
“e MP has stable employment as an MP with a known abode and the prosecution has not proved that he can be a flight risk. It did not provide a previous record either,” Usui said.
e magistrate said the claim that Ngeno could interfere or influence the witnesses was not valid. e witnesses were police officers and an official at the Communication Authority and one civilian, she said.
“ere is no danger of interfering or influencing the police officers who include the investigating officer because they have already done their work of arresting the suspect,” she said.
Usui said the names and residences of the CA official and the civilian listed as witnesses in the matter were not revealed.
e court added that the prosecution was free to demand the re-arrest of the MP if he behaved in a way likely to endanger the case.
On claims that there was a likelihood of violence in the Mau like the ones experienced in the recent past, the court said the prosecution did not also provide a record linking the legislator to such.
e matter will be mentioned on October 12.
‘THERE IS NO DANGER OF INTERFERING OR INFLUENCING THE POLICE OFFICERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY DONE THEIR WORK’