High Court frees MP charged for assaulting cop

December 7, 2013 3:13 pm

, MBURU-KAHANGARANAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – Lari MP Mburu Kahangara has been set free after the High Court granted him Sh100,000 bail.

High Court judge Justice Mbogholi Msagha granted Kahangara’s fresh plea on Saturday, effectively overturning earlier decision by Nairobi Magistrate Dolphin Okundi to have the legislator detained until Tuesday to facilitate conclusive investigations.

Kahangara, a first time MP was charged on Friday for slapping a traffic police officer.

He is also charged on four other counts of flouting traffic rules; obstruction, driving a motor vehicle without driving licence, overlapping and failure to obey lawful instructions.

Upon his release from the Central Police Station, the Lari MP thanked his family and supporters for their support. He said he will be back in court on Monday when the assault case against him is mentioned.

Kahangara’s lead counsel Kandara MP Alice Ng’ang’a said the Magistrate ought to have granted bail immediately. “We are happy that the High Court moved with speed. The allegations put forth are bailable.”

She added: “Article 166 of the constitution provides that High Court has supervisory powers over lower courts. We want to be treated like other Kenyans in court and not to cause excitement when an MP is involved.”


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