Kenyan MP to challenge assault charges

April 17, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 17 – The High Court on Friday has set April 30 as the date for hearing a constitutional application in which an assistant minister is seeking orders to block the police from charging him with assault.

Magistrate Stella Muketi set the date after lawyer Paul Nyamondi appearing for Foreign Affairs Assistant Minister Richard Onyonka informed the court that he is ready to argue the application in two weeks time.

Mr Onyonka has maintained that the court has no jurisdiction to hear a case in which he is accused of assaulting Titus Magara, a brother to Trade Assistant Minister Omingo Magara last November at the precincts of parliament.

He had asked to be given time to prepare a substantive application to show cause why the court should not entertain the criminal proceedings against him.

Onyonka is alleged to have assaulted Mr Magara after he demanded Sh2.5 million from him on November 13. Mr Magara claims that the Kitutu Chache Member of Parliament swindled him the money.

Meanwhile, a Nairobi businesswoman has been charged with illegally obtaining 470 bags of dry maize worth Sh1.3 million.

Joyce Wanjiru Mwaura denied obtaining the goods from Hassan Yussuf Mohamud on January 22 on Ngong Road near Nakumatt Junction, jointly with others not before court by falsely pretending that she was in a position to purchase them for Sudan Supplies International limited.

She also denied that between 26 and 30 March this year at a Nairobi Hotel, she conspired jointly to defraud Eric Opon Nyamuga Sh6 million in the pretext that she was in a position to sell him 4,000 pieces of Tetra seeds.

The prosecution alleges she obtained the money from Nyamunga on March 31, at Barclays Bank Enterprises Branch and transferred it to her account.

She was released on Sh500,000 cash bail.


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