'YOU FOOLS, SHOOT US!'

Four Sonko guards charged with creating chaos

They escorted reluctant Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to EACC offices for questioning.

In Summary

• State Prosecutor Kennedy Panyako told the court that the four repulsed a move by five police officers to arrest them.

• They allegedly dared Police officers by telling them, “ You fools ,shoot us.”

 

Four guards for Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko were charged on Thursday with creating a disturbance and resisting arrest during his interrogation at Integrity Centre.

John Abok, Joseph Mwangi, Kennedy Odhiambo and Richard Bosire appeared before senior principal magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot and denied the charges. They included taking part in an illegal assembly.

Prosecutor Kennedy Panyako told the court that the four resisted efforts by five police officers to arrest them on Tuesday at the Ethnics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

They defied arrest orders by police officers PC Peter Mwangi, tPC Timothy Nyagah, Inspector Silas Soita, PC Antony Kasili and PC Joseph Muturi, he state said.

The four were also accused of shouting at police officers and using demeaning language.

They defied them, saying, "You fools, shoot us," the prosecutor said.

Defence lawyer George Kithi, applied for release on bond saying, “The accused were part of a large crowd that escorted GovernorSonko to record a statement at the Integrity Centre.”

“Two of the suspects, Odhiambo and Bosire, had been released on police cash bail of h100,000 and Sh40,000, respectively,” Kithi told the court.

Panyako did not oppose the bond application.

“Considering bond is a constitutional right to every accused person, each of the four suspects before me is admitted to a cash bail of Sh100,000,” Cheruiyot ruled.

The case will be heard on December 2.

(Edited by V. Graham)

 

The accused persons were re-arrested immediately he paid a Sh100,000 cash bail for each of them at the Milimani Law Courts where they faced three counts.

 

It was not immediately established why the four were re-arrested.

The four were whisked as they emerged from the basement cells of the court building.

They were led into a waiting vehicle with civilian number plates.

The vehicle sped off from the court yard and driven towards Kilimani side.