Kenya’s youngest MP Mwirigi released on Ksh.1M bond


Igembe South MP Paul Mwirigi in court on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Photo/MWENDA KINOTI
Igembe South MP Paul Mwirigi in court on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Photo/MWENDA KINOTI

Igembe South MP John Paul Mwirigi has been released on Ksh.1million bond with surety of similar amount or Ksh.500,000 cash bail.

The 24-year-old lawmaker was charged with two counts, obstruction of a police officer from executing his duty and aiding a prisoner to escape (a bodaboda rider who had been arrested).

The court heard that on November 26, the MP committed the two felonies along the Meru-Mikinduri Road.

He denied the two charges before chief magistrate Stellah Abuya on Tuesday morning.

The case will be mentioned on December 6 this year pending hearing on Febreuary 25, 2019.

The Prosecution wanted him denied bond saying he was a flight risk and could interfere with witnesses who are police officers.

However, his lawyers said he would be kept away from the witnesses.

The court granted the request that he stay away from the Meru area for 14 days.

His lawyer Kirimi Mbogo said they will get prohibitory orders to stop police from harrassing him.

He argued that the MP was only trying to perform his duty as a representative of the people.

The legislator was also represented by two other lawyers: Ken Muriuki and Peter Khaemba.

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