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MP Ngeno re­leased on Sh2 mil­lion bond

Court de­clines the pros­e­cu­tion’s ap­pli­ca­tion ob­ject­ing to the law­maker’s re­quest for free­dom

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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’

 ?? /BEN NDONGA ?? Emu­rua Dikirr MP Jo­hana Ngeno is taken to a Nakuru court where he was charged with hate speech and of­fen­sive con­duct. He was re­manded at Nakuru prison un­til Septem­ber 10
/BEN NDONGA Emu­rua Dikirr MP Jo­hana Ngeno is taken to a Nakuru court where he was charged with hate speech and of­fen­sive con­duct. He was re­manded at Nakuru prison un­til Septem­ber 10

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