Ex-MP Ndolo fails to appear in court, claims he fell sick in police cell


Ex-MP Ndolo fails to appear in court, claims he fell sick in police cell
Former Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo after he was arrested on August 17, 2019. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Ndolo's lawyer told the court that Ndolo developed health complications while in police custody and was rushed to Nairobi West hospital where he was allegedly diagnosed with high blood pressure.
  • As a result, police officers released him on a Ksh.50,000 cash bail to seek treatment.
  • Ndolo was charged alongside six others with creating disturbance in a manner likely to cause breach of peace and threatening to kill.

Former Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo failed to appear in court on Monday to face charges of threatening to kill and causing disturbance.

Ndolo’s lawyer told Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku that the former legislator developed health complications while in police custody and was rushed to Nairobi West hospital where he was allegedly diagnosed with high blood pressure.

As a result, police officers released him on a Ksh.50,000 cash bail to seek treatment.

Ndolo was charged alongside six others with creating disturbance in a manner likely to cause breach of peace and threatening to kill.

The court was told that Ndolo and Daniel Otieno, who are the 1st and 2nd accused persons respectively, uttered words threatening to kill Rashid Hamid, the director of Richland Properties Limited.

Wewe mjinga wa Lamu, ukileta mchezo Nairobi tutakuua kwa kukudunga dunga visu, usilete ushago hapa Nairobi si kwenu, rudi Lamu na tutahakikisha tumekuuwa,” the court heard.

This is said to have happened at Bustani gardens along Oledume road on August 16 at 18:45pm.

Other accused persons; George Otieno, Cyrus Nyamboga, Benard Ochieng, Dick Otieno and Hassan Dima, were charged with creating disturbance in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace.

They were accused of forcefully breaking into the gates of the said Bustani garden and there in intimidated and commanded the security guards to walk out of their working place at the premises.

All the accused persons apart from Ndolo pleaded not guilty to all charges read out to them.

The court released the second accused person on a cash bail of Ksh.200,000 or an alternative of Ksh.300,000 bond with one surety.

The 3rd to the 7th accused persons were released on a cash bail of Ksh.30,000 or an alternative bond of Ksh.50,000.

For the first accused person, Reuben Ndolo, the court made directions that he be presented to court on Wednesday to take plea.

The prosecution was also requested to verify the authenticity of the medical documents presented in regards to Ndolo’s alleged health condition.

The case will be mentioned on Tuesday for the court to set hearing dates.

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