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DPP Haji drops case against MPs for causing chaos in Kabuchai by-elections

By Nyaboga Kiage On Tue, 14 Sep, 2021 17:14 | 2 mins read
Noordin Haji.
DPP Noordin Haji. PHOTO | FILE

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has dropped charges against three lawmakers who were nabbed by police during the Kabuchai by-election that took place in March.

In a statement released on Tuesday, September 14 Haji said the case against Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa who was arrested alongside the three will go on and he is scheduled to appear in court in the next ten days.

The trio that was set free include: Nandi Senator Samson Cheragei, Nandi Member of Parliament Wilson Kogo and Belgut Member of Parliament Nelson Koech.

The three have been appearing before Magistrate Stephine Mogute and police accused them of being in possession of illegal firearms and causing chaos in the by-elections that took place in Bungoma county.

During the by-election, journalists also faced a hard time as police officers turned them away from covering the event.

The move to bar journalists was made after nominated senator Millicent Omanga was roughed up by rowdy youth in the wee hours of the by-election morning.

She was roughed up at a local primary school known as Busakala and she reported the matter at Chwele police station.

To date, nothing much has happened to the matter since no one has ever been arrested in relation to the assault of nominated Senator Millicent Omanga.

The four lawmakers have been insisting that their arrest was illegal and politically motivated because they support Deputy President William Ruto.

During their arrest, Koech insisted on being informed on why they were being led to the police station without any explanation.

Koech was captured in a video asking the officers why they had chosen to nab them yet they were just sitting in their cars as they observed the by-elections during the arrest.

This was echoed by Cherargei who said that the police were only taking advantage so that they can keep them in the cells until the following week.

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