NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 28 – The court has allowed police to detain Starehe MP Charles Jaguar for three days to enable them complete investigations on remarks against foreign traders.,
The order was issued on Friday morning by Magistrate Sinkiyan Tobiko, who directed police to detain him at Kileleshwa Police Station.
The Prosecution had asked for two weeks, a request the Magistrate described as ‘unrealistic.’
Jaguar was arrested on Tuesday after a video went viral on social media, in which he was heard vowing to help locals eject foreign traders operating in Gikomba and other markets in the area.
The court was Thursday told a team of investigators have seized the MP’s mobile phone which is being forensically examined.
Prosecution said investigators are yet to get more information from Communication Authority (CA).
“Police are yet to get text messages (SMS) and Call Data Records (CDR) relating to the phone number he was using before time of arrest,” the prosecution said.
The application by the prosecution seeking to hold the MP for two weeks was strongly opposed by his lawyers Duncan Okachi and Charles Ongoto, on grounds that police had already seized items from him which they intend to use in their investigations.
They said the presence of the MP is no longer required during the ongoing investigations.
The lawyers told the court the MP was willing to abide by bail terms set by the court.