Rescue operations at the scene where a residential building collapsed in Huruma estate in Nairobi, on January 4, 2104.
BY SAM ALFAN.
High court criminal division has ordered the city land Lady who’s Building collapsed in Huruma Estate in Nairobi County two weeks ago leaving five people dead to report to Pangani police station with her lawyer within 24 hours to record a statement concerning the incident.
Margaret Magiri Mwaura moved to court under a certificate of urgency to cushion herself against possible confinement in connection with ongoing investigations over the January 4 building collapse on the grounds that she “is disabled, sickly, suffering from asthma, arthritis and hypertension”.
Vacation Judge Justice Roselyn Korir directed that Margrate Magiri Mwaura do appear before the police, but should not be held there due her a condition.
Margaret Magiri Mwaura who has been in hiding since the incident made the application through her lawyer Johnson Omboga applied to the court seeking anticipatory bail, saying police have been looking for her with the intention of arrest and charge her with the offence of murder.
The lawyer told the court that the lady is sick and suffering from Asthma and experiences severe attacks of hypertensive.
Mr Omboga said that the applicant is willing to record statements, but criminal investigation officers should be restrained from arresting her in view of charging her with the offence of murder.
The court heard that there have been several telephone calls from the CID threatening her with arrest, saying that court should come into rescue.
The prosecutor told the court that so far it has been established that “construction went on without approval”.
“She is in possession of key documents which will help determine whether construction was approved or not, we do not know the nature of information she has,” said Ms Ngaluka.
The judge directed that the matter be heard inter parties on 22 January.