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January 19, 2018

Makueni MCAs charged with incitement for blocking new principal

Makueni MCAs Urbanus Wambua, Janet Ngina, Miriam Musyoka, Nicholas Maitha and  Jades Kalunda at Kilungu law court where they were charged with incitement to violence, January 12, 2018. /Mutua Kameti
Makueni MCAs Urbanus Wambua, Janet Ngina, Miriam Musyoka, Nicholas Maitha and Jades Kalunda at Kilungu law court where they were charged with incitement to violence, January 12, 2018. /Mutua Kameti

The five Makueni MCAs arrested for interfering with a new principal's work were charged on Friday with incident to violence.

They are Nicholas Maitha (Thange), Jades Kalunda (Kikumbulyu South) and Nominated MCAs Miriam Musyoka, Janet Ngina and Urbanus Wambua.

The five were also charged with conspiracy to caused injury of reputation and undermining authority of a public officer.

They appeared before senior resident magistrate Elizabeth Muiru at Kilungu law court.

The MCAs blocked Rose Kiragu from getting into her office at St Joseph's Girls' High School on Thursday.

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The MCAs denied the charges and were released on Sh500,000 bond of Sh300,000 cash bail each.

The prosecution had wanted the accused remanded until Monday pending the determination of their bond application.

But their lawyer Daniel Maanzo noted they were entitled to bond and that the prosecution relied on an outdated law.

Muiru ruled: "I find the application by the prosecution is not merited and therefore the accused are released."

The case will be mentioned on February 15.

Earlier today, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i warned that those opposing the transfers of school principals will be arrested and prosecuted.

Matiang'i, who is now doubling up as acting Education CS, said Kenya is ending the "mentality of people acting as their own bosses".

Details: You'll be arrested, prosecuted for rejecting new principals, Matiang'i warns

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