NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21 – Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko has dropped the case against Narok Senator Stephen ole Ntutu and four Members of the National Assembly due to lack evidence to sustain the charges.
The five who have come to be known as the ‘Muthaiga Five’ were arrested for incitement against the County Governor Samuel ole Kuntai. They were tagged ‘Muthaiga Five’ since they were held at Muthaiga Police station following their arrest.
Tobiko through Prosecutor Daniel Karori told Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruyiot that evidence contained in the investigation file does not meet the threshold to sustain the criminal charges.
Senior Counsel Paul Muite who is representing the MPs told the court that the leaders were not charged and will be considering suing the state for the mistreatment they underwent during the arrest and interrogations by the police.
Magistrate Cheruyiot granted the prosecution’s request not to pursue the matter.
Senator Ntutu and Narok North MP Moitalel Ole Kenta, Narok South MP Korei Lemein, Narok West MP Patrick Ntutu and Johanna Ngeno from Emmurua Dikkirr were alleged to have incited the violence that rocked the county when residents marched to the governor’s office to present a petition indicting him with corruption.
The leaders were however released on a personal bond of Sh500,000 each and were required to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation every week until further notice.
The DPP had initially wanted to charge with murder following the fatal shooting of a protester during the demonstrations but the charge was dropped after more violence rocked the county.
The MPs had sought to know through their lawyers why the governor’s name was missing in the “list of shame” in which his colleagues and other senior government officials have been linked to corruption and asked him to step aside to pave way for investigations.
“The DPP should also demand expeditious conclusion of investigations of alleged corruption, could he also find out why the name of the Narok County Governor is missing in the list of shame,” Muite said.