Bishop Wanjiru charged, bail verdict due Thursday afternoon

April 27, 2017 (4 weeks ago) 12:38 pm
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Bishop Wanjiru denied the charges but will remain in police custody until the court delivers its verdict on her bail application/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 – Bishop Margret Wanjiru will know her fate Thursday afternoon following an application by the prosecution that she remains in police custody until the ongoing Nairobi Jubilee party primaries are concluded.

Bishop Wanjiru of the Jesus Is Alive Ministries on Thursday morning denied two counts of damaging property and creating disturbance.

Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi heard that Wanjiru at wilfully and unlawfully with others not before court damaged four ballot papers worth Sh30,000 at City Park Market Jubilee Party polling station.

The Woman of God also denied creating disturbance by forcefully storming the polling station and disrupting the ongoing process for the Jubilee Party nominations.

Police officer Shadrack Mbila has urged the court to deny the bishop bail, arguing she is likely to influence the ongoing investigations.

“The accused person who is an influential member of the society is likely to interfere with potential witnesses who are yet to record statements,” Magistrate Andayi heard.

According to investigations done so far by the police, Wanjiru stormed the polling station accompanied by 50 rowdy men who went to disrupt the voting process.

The court was further told more charges are likely to be preferred against the bishop.

“This are compelling reasons that justify her being denied bail to guarantee the ongoing process of nomination continues peacefully to the satisfaction of Nairobians who wish to live in peace,” the prosecution said.

However Wanjiru through her advocate implored the court to grant her bail arguing being an aspirant she should be allowed to participate in the exercise.

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