Hamad Murithi Munyi the owner of a clothes store in Gikomba market who police claim to be the employer of the four suspects arrested with explosives and narcotics in Nairobi’s Majengo slums two weeks ago at Milimani law court on 11/08/2014..
BY SAM ALFAN.
A Nairobi Magistrate court has declined to release on bail the owner of a clothes store in Gikomba market.
Police claim that Hamad Murithi Munyi is the employer of the four suspects arrested with explosives and narcotics in Nairobi’s Majengo slums two weeks ago who were also charged before court.
Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Peter Ndwiga remanded Hamad Murithi Munyi pending the hearing and determination of his case.
The accused pleaded not guilty to charges of employing Mohammed Yusuf Guloba, a Ugandan national as a loader at his clothes store while knowing that it was a cover up for the commission of a terrorist act.
He was further accused of employing Guloba as a loader yet he knew he was illegally in the country and he did not have valid documents permitting him to reside and work in Kenya.
Guloba and his co-accused, Jibril Kaima Masudi, Mwanaidi Wanjiku Mwema and Julius Kariuki Maina were charged in court after they were found in possession of 62 pieces of commercial magnum explosive gel tubes on July 19 from a house within the slums.
They were also in possession of 34 stones of bang and 8 kg with a street value of Sh 100,000 when police raided their. The four however, denied the charges and were released on Sh 10 million with an alternative of cash bail of Sh 5 million waiting trial.
Court noted that the prosecution presented compelling reasons before it that prompted him to remand Munyi awaiting his trial on September 11.
“The accused being the employer of some of the suspects already before court and others who fled if released on bail may jeopardize ongoing investigations before they are completed. He is also likely to interfere with potential witnesses who are expected to testify in court once trial begins.” Karuga said.
The prosecutor informed the court that two bank accounts of the accused are being probed to establish if they were linked to recent terrorism activities in the country. She also told court that granting the suspect bail was tantamount to allowing him to roam about in the country to accomplish his mission.
However, defence lawyer Chacha Mwita opposed the prosecution’s application arguing that his client was entitled to bail despite the charges he is facing. He said the accused has suffered in custody since he was arrested on July 30.
“Although bail is not absolute, the accused is entitled to be released owing to the fact police asked for 10 days when my client was arrested. I urge the court to release him on bail as the prosecution has not adduced compelling reasons to have the liberty of the accused limited,” Chacha argued.
Munyi returns to court on August 25 for a renewal of his bond application.