Irene Githinji @gitshee
Five people accused of attacking former Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA) chairman Timothy Muriuki have moved to court to seek anticipatory bail against their arrest.
Dishon Mulinge, Ronald Otieno, Michael Mbanya Wathigo, Hussein Suleiman and Brayan Shem Owino moved to court on Monday after police put a Sh2.5 million bounty for attacking Muriuki among other alleged crimes.
The five reportedly attacked Muriuki for allegedly calling for a press conference to criticise Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s administration.
The five are said to be part of the gang that assaulted Muriuki at Boulevard Hotel, last week. Police had stated that the five were wanted to face robbery with violence charges and asked anyone with information on their whereabouts to come forth.
And yesterday, the five served the three respondents, Directors of Public Prosecutions and Criminal Investigations, Noordin Haji and George Kinoti respectively as well as Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet with the orders.
A hearing has since been set for Monday next week. Under certificate of urgency, the advocate representing the five, Michael Osundwa Sakwa claimed the powers to arrest are being abused and misused to oppress the five and to achieve extraneuos purposes unconnected with upholding the law.
“The applicants are ready and willing to submit themselves to a just and fair legal process in which their fundamental rights and freedoms are respected and protected,” said Sakwa adding that the respondents have refused to summon applicants to record statements but have instead resorted to using the media to intimidate the applicants.
The applicants’ apprehension that respondents’ primary motive is to capture, torture, mistreat harm and harass or even kill the applicants is informed by the respondents’ conduct who have already offered Sh2.5 million bounty.”
Sakwa also said police have already branded the applicants as ‘goons, attackers, rapists, thieves, homosexuals, thugs, terrorists and wanted criminal for robbery with violence’ and attached their photos and are thus apprehensive on the likelihood to be executed or deported to unknown destinations on account that they are not citizens of Kenya.