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Shots fired to disperse Sonko supporters

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – Police were on Monday forced to shoot in the air to disperse supporters of Makadara MP Mike Sonko who were protesting outside the Kibera law courts demanding his release.

The MP has been in custody since last Monday after he was arraigned in court and charged with two fraud cases.
He was released on bail on Friday but couldn’t manage to secure a surety on time and was forced to spend the weekend at the Kileleshwa police station.

His supporters have been thronging the Kibera law courts since his arrest last Tuesday affecting the smooth running of court business.

The youths chanting; “Tunataka sonko wetu….woi woi tunataka Sonko aachiliwe” had blocked the entrance to the law courts on Monday morning.

Anti riot police who have been stationed at the law courts every time the MP is taken there, had to fire in the air as the youths started forcing their way into the court rooms.

Mr Mbuvi’s lawyers on Monday morning were trying to process his release documents and the MP was reportedly at Kileleshwa police station waiting to be freed.

Police had initially objected to his release arguing they had not completed investigations in a number of cases the Makadara legislator is facing but relaxed their stance when the case was mentioned on Friday.

The court granted Mr Mbuvi a bond of Sh1 million in a case in which he is accused of obtaining Sh2.8 million by false pretence from Tile and Carpet Centre way back in 2006.

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The MP allegedly obtained the money as a 10 percent down payment for the sale of a piece of land in Kwale claiming that it was valid for sale.

He was also charged with another offence of obtaining Sh500,000 from Patience Chepchumba Kogo claiming he was in a position to sell her a motor vehicle. In this charge, he was given a bond of Sh500,000 or a cash bail of Sh300,000.

When Mr Mbuvi’s bid to be freed was opposed on Tuesday, the prosecutor had told the court that the CID wanted him detained since he had jumped bail a number of times, and cited one incident in April 1998 when he allegedly escaped from custody.

But Mr Mbuvi denied the accusation, saying he was freed from detention by the High Court.

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