Bobasi MP Innocent Obiri and his bodyguard Charles Nyakweba were yesterday charged with incitement and malicious damage of property.
The MP appeared in two courts in Ogembo and Kisii. Obiri first went before Ogembo senior resident magistrate Julius Mutai.
He was charged that on May 6 at Getenga, he illegally entered County 45 Investment Limited Quarry.
He blocked the entrance with his car KCC 448 Q and damaged property.
His bodyguard appeared in the same court. He faced an additional charge of assaulting quarry manager Obed Mogambi.
The court heard that Nyakweba damaged Mogambi’s Sh21,000 spectacles. They both denied the charges.
Lawyer Okong’o Omogeni pleaded with the court to release his clients on reasonable bail.
The magistrate released the suspects on a Sh100,000 bail each.
Okong’o urged the court to direct the prosecution to supply his clients with witness statements.
Mutai set the case for mention on May 25 and hearing on 29 June. Obiri was later taken to the Kisii law courts where he was charged
with uttering words in the local language that were aimed at inciting residents to cause violence.
SUPPORTERS CRITICISE ARREST
The MP denied the charge before senior resident magistrate Ezekiel Obina and was released on a Sh50,000 bail.
The case will be mentioned on May 21 and hearing is scheduled for August 20.
There was tight security at Kisii and Ogembo law courts.
The MP’s supporters could be heard condemning his arrest. They said he was fighting for their rights.
Residents said their houses and a nearby school have developed cracks because of blasting at the quarry.