Noven Owiti and Kinyuru Munuhe @PeopleDailyKe
Kisumu Senator Fred Outa and former deputy Governor Ruth Odinga were yesterday arraigned in court charged with different counts. The two, who presented themselves at Kisumu Law Courts after police failed to arrest them, appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Julius Ng’ar Ng’ar.
They were charged jointly except in one count, with Ruth facing four counts while Outa was charged with five. In the first count, the leaders were accused of entering in an electoral area designated by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for training poll officials in preparation for the fresh presidential elections to be held on Thursday without permission.
In the second count, they were charged with obstructing an election officer from executing lawful duties while in the third count they were charged with stealing 94 plastic chairs, 11 tent stands all valued at Sh92,000, the property of Tausi Designs and Production Limited.
The fourth count was that the two jointly with others not before the court damaged four tents, the property of Tausi Design and Promotion Ltd. In the fifth count only Outa was charged with incitement to violence.
However, the duo denied the charges and were released on a personal bond of Sh500,000. And in Kericho, four Kisumu Members of the County Assembly (MCAs), who allegedly disrupted IEBC training of Kisumu Central presiding officers and their deputies were arraigned in court.
Before the Kericho Senior Resident Magistrate Stephen Ng’etich were Joachim Omieno alias Swagga, Francis Odhiambo, Charles Ogolla and Constance Masinde.
The accused faced counts of stealing contrary to Section 268(1) as read with Section 275 of the Penal Code as well as malicious damage to property contrary to section 339(1) of the Penal Code. The MCAs who were represented by Kisumu-based lawyer Francis Olel, denied the charges. They were released on a Sh50,000 cash bond.
The case will be heard on November 6. Earlier, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko had ordered police to arrest and prosecute Outa and Ruth for obstructing an election officer and malicious damage to property.
“Upon careful analysis of the evidence on the record, the DPP finds the evidence sufficient to warrant prosecution of the two suspects together with their accomplices. They should be immediately charged in Kericho Law Courts,” said Tobiko.