Debt collector Bryan Yongo before Kibera rincipal Magistrate Tito Gesora where he was charged with preparation to commit a felony.
BY SAM ALFAN
CITY debt collector Bryan Yongo who is alleged to have threatened to kill Cortec mining company Kenya Limited boss Jacob Juma was today charged before the kibera law courts.
Yongo and his four co-accused Patrick Ochieng Okumu,Kennedy Otieno Omwanda,Pascal Ouma and Salmon Njoga Otira appeared before the Kibera principal Magistrate Tito Gesora and charged with preparation to commit a felony.
The court heard that on November 8, 2014 along Brook side drive within West lands in Nairobi jointly were found armed with Taurus pistol S/N TF 070156 in circumstances that indicated they were so armed with intent to commit murder.
Brian Yongo was also charged with threatening to kill contrary to the Kenyan law.
The court heard that on similar dates and place without lawful excuse uttered words threatening to kill Jacob Juma.
Yongo was finally charged with being in possession of a firearm and ammunition’s without firearm certificate contrary to the law.
The allegations were that on similar dates at spring valley police station within Nairobi,he was found with a pistol with 22 rounds of 9mm ammunitions without a firearm certificate in force at that time.
It is said that detectives at Gigiri Police Division arrested Nairobi businessman Bryan Yongo after City tycoon Jacob Juma claimed he had threatened to kill him. Yongo, alongside four others, were arrested at Brook side in Westlands at Juma’s apartment. A Pistol and 22 bullets were recovered.
“My car had a puncture at the place and I was changing it when they arrested me,” he said Yongo.
But police said there was no car at the site. According to police, Yongo had called and sent text messages to Juma, saying he would kill him over their business disagreements.
According to Juma, he was watching football at his apartment at 7pm when he stepped out and saw Yongo and the four near his house.
“Yongo had called two of my friends and sent a message to me saying he would kill me and when I saw him there I knew he was serious and my life was in danger,” said Juma. He added that he called the police who arrived and arrested the four outside his house.
Juma said Yongo was furious because he was getting his money from the controversial payments of the National Cereals and Produce Board tender.
Yongo is a licensed civilian firearm holder. “He did not only threaten but also attempted to murder me. He sent a text message to my lawyer that he would kill me before 8 o’clock.
They were waiting for me outside because I usually leave at 8pm to go to Karen. There were four other hired goons waiting for me outside my apartment. I called the police who responded quickly and were all arrested,” Juma said.
Police said they also intended to charge Yongo with alleged misuse of his weapon at his home in Kitsuru, Nairobi, on July 2.
Police had ordered Yongo to surrender his pistol after alleged misuse, but he declined and moved to court where be obtained an order stopping the authorities from confiscating it.
They were remanded for ten days to allow the police complete their investigations.
Before, Juma hit headlines over a successful multimillion petition he lodged against the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB). He is also extensively engaged in mining businesses.