LARI MP CHARGED A FRESH

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Lari MP Joseph Mburu at Milimani Law Court where he is facing assault and traffic charges.

By SAM ALFAN

LARI Member of Parliament, Joseph Mburu Kahangara, has been granted Sh100,000 personal bond pending the hearing of the criminal and traffic cases against him on February 18 and March 17, next year.

Mburu appeared before Nairobi Principal Magistrate Joseph Karanja for a formal mention of the assault case, in which he is alleged to have clobbered Corporal David Ruto at around 10 am on December 6 at the Globe round-about in the city.

The politician similarly appeared before in a different courtroom and denied five counts of flouting traffic regulations.

He had secured his liberty on Saturday after convincing High Court Judge Mbogholi Msagha that he was not a flight risk and would attend trial when required to do so. Magistrate Dolphin Okundi had denied him bail last Friday and directed he be remanded at the Central Police Station until Monday to facilitate investigations.

The magistrate ruled that the application by the prosecution to have the MP remanded in police custody over the weekend was not unreasonable to facilitate the conduct of conclusive investigations. The politician had pleaded that he was not a flight risk and would avail himself in case the police wanted to interview him further.

Mburu was accused of obstruction, overtaking, driving a motor vehicle without a license, overlapping and failure to obey lawful instructions issued by a uniformed traffic police officer. He was driving his personal four-wheel drive vehicle during the altercation with the police along Murang’a Road in Nairobi.

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