Nakuru MCA charged with incitement to violence, damaging Ksh.7M property


Nakuru MCA charged with incitement to violence, damaging Ksh.7M property

A Nakuru Member of County Assembly (MCA) and eight others were on Monday charged with incitement to violence and malicious damage to property.

Appearing before Principal Magistrate Bernard Mararo, Kabazi Ward MCA Peter Mbae faced charges of incitement to violence, malicious damage to property and arson.

He was charged that on January 30 at Solai area within Rongai sub-county in Nakuru, he incited the locals to block roads and set ablaze the Patel Farm contrary to the law.

According to the court documents, the MCA told the local residents; “go and block all the roads and set the farm on fire,” a statement that caused a breach of peace and led to unrest in the region.

During the said incident, the residents set ablaze the Patel coffee and flowers plantation with crops worth Ksh.7 million being destroyed.

They faced another charge of destroying windscreens of two police vehicles; one belonging to the Assistant County Commissioner and the other to the Administration Police, with the damage being valued at Sh 30,000.

They denied the charges and, through their lawyer Harry Gakinya, sought to be released on reasonable bond terms, urging the court uphold a previous bond they had secured before they took plea.

The nine had been released on a Ksh.200,000 bond each pending their plea charge.

In his ruling, Mararo concurred with the prosecution noting that the holding file has since been closed directing that the accused persons be released on a personal bond of Ksh.1 million, surety of the same amount or an alternative cash bail of Ksh.500,000 each.

The case was set to proceed on February 14 this year.

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