Igathe drops gun charges against former Senator Paul Njoroge

Former nominated Senator Paul Njoroge wielding a gun. /GEORGE MURAGE
Former nominated Senator Paul Njoroge wielding a gun. /GEORGE MURAGE
The court has dropped gun charges against former nominated Senator Paul Njoroge after he and former Nairobi deputy governor Polycarp Igathe agreed on an out of court settlement.
Njoroge had been charged that on February 7, 2017 he misused his gun by attempting to shoot at Igathe and his Vivo Energy Company staff during an exercise to repossess a petrol station.
According to the charge sheet, the former senator on the said date in Naivasha created disturbance in a manner likely to breach of peace by firing at the workers using his Ceska pistol.
But when he appeared before Naivasha Chief Magistrate Kennedy Bidali, the prosecution told the court that they wanted to withdraw the case.
The prosecution noted that it would be difficult to continue with the case after the accused and the complainant entered into consent.
“The accused person and the complainant have resolved issues culminating from the case and have mutually resolved and the matter is marked as settled,” read the consent in part.
Njoroge through his lawyer Francis Mburu did not object to the withdrawal but applied that his gun and Sh50,000 cash bail be refunded.
The magistrate directed the investigating officer to return the gun and the ammunition which were to be used as exhibits and also the cash bail.
Speaking outside the law courts, Njoroge expressed his joy that the case had been dropped adding that he would now concentrate with other crucial things.
“Am happy that this case has been dropped but am not yet done with Vivo Energy Company which illegally took over the petrol station that I have been running,” he said.
Njoroge has already filed a civil case at the Naivasha law courts against the fuel company over losses that he incurred during the eviction exercise.
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