IG ordered to serve State House with summons
Inspector General of Police has been ordered to serve State House with Court summons in a case against MPs Alfred Kiptoo Keter and Surjeev Kaur Birdi alias Sonia.
Naivasha Chief Magistrate PeterGesora issued the orders for the Comptroller of State House Lorence Ngoye Lenayapa to appear court as a key witness in a case facing MPs Keter and Birdi alias Sonia.
The Director of Public Prosecutions applied for the summons to State House Comptroller to be served by the Inspector General of Police. Court granted the application, issued the summons and court order. In making the application Senior assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Njagi Nderitu informed the court of the difficulties in accessing State House to serve summons to the comptroller.
“Inspector General of Police to serve summons upon the Comptroller of State House Mr. Lorence Ngoye Lenayapa,” Naivasha Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora has ordered.
The witness added that Keter uttered “When the president calls my friend you have to respect whatever who you are. You Know my worry is let me tell you the truth, we are the government, State House Comptroller anawapigia simu no one picks,” recalled Isaac Mukonambi.
The prosecution presented two witnesses who testified against the two MPs listened pensively at the Naivasha Law courts. In his testimony Isaac Mukanambi a police officer, narrated to the court how the MPs demanded to know why a track registration number KHMA 005A had been detained at the weighbridge.
A witness Isaac Mukanambi informed the court that Keter demanded to know why a motor vehicle KMHA 005A had been impounded and why it had not been released despite interventions from senior government officials. Among the government officials alleged to have been called were the then rift valley regional coordinator Mr. Osman Warfa and the chair of parliamentary security committee Mr Kamama. The witness further told the court that Keter got agitated, continued issuing insults while pointing at the SGS duty manager at the weighbridge George Obiero.
“Hon. Keter lost his cool and demanded explanations as to whose interests we were protecting while on duty and wanted to know owns the company contracted by KENHA that SGS and also threatened to sack everyone by the following day,” said police officer Isaac Mukanambi.
Police officer Isaac Mukonambi further told the court that he recorded the video clip on which the MPs were making their demands, issuing intimidations and hurling insults at the officers at the weighbridge.
In cross examination in chief Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Njagi Nderitu asked an inspector of SGS, Mark Mukhono Wafula to tell the court the nature of work SGS carries out at the weighbridge and its procedures.
The two MPs are charged with three counts of creating a disturbance, incitement and intimidating officers working at the Gilgil weighbridge. They are represented by Okong’o Omogeni.
The hearing will resume on 30 November 2016
MPs Alfred Kiptoo Keter and Surjeev Kaur Bardi alias Sonia at the Naivasha Law Courts today
Pix by : Hilary Mongera , ODPP communication Division
Naivasha, Tuesday 16August, 2016
ODPP Communication Division: By Hilary Mongera