Man charged over stolen President Uhuru’s Car
The prosecution, led by Cosmas Ikunywa, urged the court to hold Aggrey Odhiambo Ochieng in police custody as he is believed to be behind a spate of serious crimes including the recent theft of the vehicle.
The prosecutor asked Senior Principal Magistrate John Mwaniki to order that Mr Ochieng be kept at the Nakuru Central Police Station as the police concluded investigations.
Mr Ikunywa told the court that the suspect had offered to give information pertaining to the theft of the vehicle.
Police sources claimed that the stolen car underwent illegal fabrications at Mr Ochieng’s garage before it disappeared.
“We have good leads and we believe that the suspect will help us unravel the mystery,” said a police source.
The vehicle was stolen last Wednesday after its official driver, Mr David Machui, drove back home.
However, presidential spokesman Mr Manoah Esipisu immediately denied that the vehicle was under Presidential Escort, saying that it belonged to the Police Service.
Although State House has refuted claims that it was a presidential escort vehicle and that it was not armoured, it is true that the vehicle was being driven by a Presidential Escort driver when it was stolen.
ANOTHER STOLEN VEHICLE
Mr Ochieng was also charged with being in possession of another stolen motor vehicle registration number KBR 870Y.
The vehicle was allegedly found parked at his garage at London Estate along the Nakuru-Kabarak road on August 30.
Mr Ochieng, who appeared in court in his working apron, faced a second charge of being in possession of a home-made gun without a fire-arm certificate.
The court set the case for mention in a week’s time to monitor the progress and for bail application.
The case will be heard on October 22.