, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23 – A suspected robber has been charged in a Nairobi court with carjacking the wife of former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth.
Simon Muthee Ritho denied robbing Anne Wanjiru Kenneth, wife of the Kenya National Congress presidential flag bearer in the 2013 General Election.
Muthee has been charged with violent robbery committed on August 6 at Kabagare Way in Gigiri, Nairobi.
He is alleged to have been armed with a pistol and had threatened to “use actual violence” when he accosted the politician’s wife before stealing her car valued at Sh6 million.
He also took her personal effects including two mobile phones, rings, Sh20,000 in cash, a wristwatch, a gold necklace, a firearm license certificate and a Nakumatt smart card.
The prosecution said the value of the stolen property including the car amounted to Sh6,312,000.
The prosecution opposed his release on bail and asked the court to hold him in custody until the end of his trial.
“We have instructions to oppose bail on grounds that the accused person was arrested on August 8 at Malaba and is believed to have been on transit to escape to a neighbouring country,” prosecutor Celestine Aluoch said.
She said that if the suspect was released on bond he may not honour court attendance dates “as he has clearly demonstrated that he is a flight risk.”
“He may also interfere with ongoing investigations,’ the prosecutor said.
Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo has set August 26 for a ruling on whether the suspect may be released on bond.
The court ordered the accused be held in police custody.