, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 2 – The State on Wednesday opposed the release on bond of two Narok County Government game wardens who denied attempted murder and causing grievous harm during the chaos that rocked Narok Town on January 26.
Acting for the State, Duncan Ondimu gave a number of reasons for opposing the release of Moses Parkire Kuiyoni and Samwel Kishoiyan key among them, the fact that the accused are still under the employ of the Narok County Government as rangers and therefore still in possession of firearms they could use to intimidate witnesses.
Ondimu added that Kuiyoni not only has access to a firearm at work but at home, being a registered gun holder.
He also pointed out that the charges they are facing are for discharging their weapons.
The State Counsel continued to argue that the necessity of issuing a warrant for their arrest in order to secure their court attendance proved that they are a flight risk.
Finally Ondimu argued that the accused should remain in custody until their case is heard and determined for their own security.
He said Narok was still volatile in the aftermath of the January 26 chaos that claimed two lives and the accused therefore risked retaliatory attacks.
The accused opposed the prosecution’s application arguing that the national government was responsible for ensuring the security of its citizenry and could therefore not turn around and claim to be unable to protect the two.
They also asserted the presumption of their innocence.
Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo directed that they remain in custody until Friday 11am when he will deliver his ruling on the prosecution’s application opposing the release of the accused on bond.
A police officer, Julius Taporis Dikirr was also charged with murder over the Narok chaos on Wednesday.
He did not however, plead to the charge as a mental assessment had not been conducted. Justice Jessie Lessit directed that he plead to the charge on September 16 when an assessment report should be presented to the court.
Dikirr is accused of murdering Sikona Ole Muntet during the January 26 banned protest that turned chaotic.