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Kaesha reads malice, witch hunt in assault claim

A complainant has alleged that one of his witnesses had been murdered before giving his statement

By Our Reporter

A Kajiado lawmaker, and two other suspects have pledged not guilty of assault charges levied against them, and were released on a Ksh20,000 cash bail.

Oloorsikuon Sholinke Ward representative Francis Kaesha, and co-accused, were on June 29, arraigned at the Kajiado Law Courts after they were charged of assaulting the ward resident.

Appearing before the Principle Magistrate Susan Shitubi, the trio denied the claims of causing spine injuries to Kenneth Mbaabu.

According to the prosecution, the complainant was attacked on May 21, at Migingo area of Noonkopir within Kitengela jointly with other people who were not before the court on the pretext that Mr Mbaabu had encroached on the road reserve which is scheduled for construction.

However, the MCA said the charges have been influenced by malice and do not have any credible grounds as he was discharging his mandate as a leader in defending development agenda in his jurisdiction.

“This case has got no basis and it is just being used to tarnish my name because I am the custodian of the people’s interest and anytime they come to seek for my help I have to intervene and I should not be charged as an individual but a representative of the people,” argued the County legislature.

Furthermore, the supervising Magistrate directed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations department to delve deeper into the matter as the complainant had also sought for protection after he alleged that one of his witnesses had been murdered before giving his statement.

“It is important that this matter is taken with the weight that it deserves since some people linked with the suspects have been telling me to vacate my home and go back to my home county which resulted to the murder of one of my witnesses just a day before he went to file his statement at the Kitengela police station and it is important that I get protection until this matter is resolved,” Mr. Mbaabu told the court.

The case is scheduled to be mentioned on July 13, 2020 while the hearing date has been set for July 28, 2020 with the DCI being directed to ensure that they complete their investigations as scheduled.

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