Former Tetu Member of Parliament Ndung’u Githinji was on Wednesday arraigned before a Nairobi court where he denied a charge of creating disturbance.
The court heard that, on July 2, 2019, the former lawmaker created disturbance by interfering and stopping renovations of a house belonging to Kisorkumar Dhanji Varsani at Kihingo Village in Kitisuru, Nairobi.
Mr. Githinji, in his defence, asked the court to release him on bail arguing that his arrest was politically motivated.
The ex-legislator, who was arrested on Tuesday, was charged alongside Chacha Mbanga and Frankline Mutegi; Mr. Mutegi faced additional counts of assault, causing actual bodily harm and malicious damage to property.
The court heard that he (Mutegi) allegedly assaulted city lawyer George Wajackoyah and his client Kisorkumar Dhanji Varsani. He also faced a separate count of malicious damage caused to Varsani’s sweater valued at Ksh.1000.
Appearing before Nairobi Magistrate Stella Mutuku, the three suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecution, through Duncan Ondimu, however opposed their release on bail arguing that the former legislator was a Chairperson of the Departmental Committee on Defense and Foreign Relations thus has influence and capacity to interfere with witnesses.
Prosecution further argued that the offence was grievous as it relates with the health and safety of human beings which attracts a penalty of five years in jail.
“That the accused persons have other associates who are yet to be apprehended and their arrest is being vigorously pursued by the law enforcement and the release of the accused persons on bail will jeopardize their arrest and investigations as to their whereabouts,” the court heard.
The three were however released on a cash bail of Ksh.50,000 or an alternative bond of Ksh.100,000 each.
The case was set for mentioning on July 14, 2019.
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