NAIVASHA, Kenya, Aug 16 – The Inspector General of Police has been ordered to serve State House Comptroller Lawrence Lenayapa with court summons in a case against MPs Alfred Keter and Surjeev Birdi, alias Sonia.
The court granted the application, issued the summons and court order.
“Inspector General of Police to serve summons upon the Comptroller of State House Mr Lawrence Ngoye Lenayapa,” Naivasha Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora ordered.
A witness recalled that Keter said: “When the President calls my friend you have to respect whoever who you are. You know my worry is… let me tell you the truth; we are the government, State House Comptroller anawapigia simu no one picks,” recalled Isaac Mukanambi.
The prosecution presented two witnesses who testified against the two MPs who listened pensively at the Naivasha Law Courts.
In his testimony Mukanambi a police officer, narrated to the court how the MPs demanded to know why a truck registration number KHMA 005A had been detained at the weighbridge.
Mukanambi informed the court that Keter demanded to know why the motor vehicle had been impounded and why it had not been released despite interventions from senior government officials.
Among the government officials alleged to have been called were the then Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Osman Warfa and the Chair of the Parliamentary Security Committee Asman Kamama.
The witness further told the court that Keter got agitated, continued issuing insults while pointing at the SGS duty manager at the weighbridge George Obiero.
“Hon Keter lost his cool and demanded explanations as to whose interests we were protecting while on duty and wanted to know owns the company contracted by KENHA and also threatened to sack everyone by the following day,” said police officer Mukanambi.
The two MPs are charged with intimidation and insult to the officers manning Gilgil weighbridge on January 24, 2015 at about 8:30pm.
The hearing will resume on November 30, 2016.