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Rugby players deny rape charge, released on Sh500,000 bail

They both denied the charge and were released by Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi on a cash bail of Sh500,000 each or Sh1 million surety bond/CFM NEWS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Rugby players Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba were on Monday arraigned before the Nairobi Chief Magistrate’s Court to answer to a charge of gang-rape.

They both denied the charge and were released by Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi on a cash bail of Sh500,000 each or Sh1 million surety bond.

The two are accused of raping an artiste in Nairobi’s Highrise Estate on February 11, 2018.

Wanyama, 23, who captained Kenya’s second sevens team to win the Victoria Sevens tournament in Zimbabwe in March, and Olaba, 22, are both suspended from the national squad currently in Singapore for the eighth leg of the IRB World Sevens series on April 28-29.

The complainant referred to as W.A. on the charge sheet, detailed the alleged offence on her Instagram account; prompting the authorities to take action.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji sanctioned Wanyama and Olaba’s prosecution on Friday.

READ: Rugby players accused of tag team rape to face charges

The case will be heard on May 16.

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