Six suspects attached to Bungoma County Government while appearing in court today. PHOTO CREDIT/NEWSTIMES.CO.KE
A cocktail of Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati’s staff was today charged with robbery with violence.
County Assistant Director for Logistics Mr Simiyu Mutaki, Youth Advisor Mr Anthony Wamalwa, Protocol Officer Mr Jonathan Chenjeni, the Deputy Governor’s driver Mr Henry Kituyi, Mr Adams Mulama and Mr Vincent Maunda (also a driver) were charged with robery with violence following chaos that erupted last Friday during protests in the streets of Bungoma Town.
The seven are accused of violently robbing activists Zachery Barasa and Moses Barasa at an AP camp where they had gone to seek refuge.
The activists had organised demonstrations within Bungoma town to protest the County’s move to upgrade the Sh1.8 billion Kanduyi-Musikoma Dual Carriageway which is a national project.
However, the accused allegedly chased them forcing the activists to seek refuse at Bukembe AP camp on May 17, 2019. It’s during the drama that the seven suspects allegedly broke into the activists’ vehicle and reportedly robbed the duo of Ksh0.4 million, a charge-bank, a laptop among other valuables.
The seven have however denied the charges that include damaging Mr. Lukoye’s Mercedes-Benz. Bungoma magistrate John King’ori has remanded them where they are seeking an application for their bail.
The prosecution has argued that the officials should not be bailed out as they could interfere with witnesses after allegedly threatening witnesses, the claims the defence lawyer Amos Makokha has dismissed as baseless and with no evidence.
Mr Mutaki earlier on threatened this blogger a fortnight ago for running a story about a suspicious death of the Logistic Director’s girlfriend.
It’s not clear if violence and threats are his style of life.