Man who caned Raila out on bail

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has directed that the man who caned Cord leader Raila Odinga and Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya be charged with causing a disturbance.

Tobiko also allowed the state to withdraw two assault charges against Lengo Mudzomba. This was after Raila and Mvurya filed sworn statements pardoning Mudzomba.

Mudzomba caned Raila and Mvurya during an Okoa Kenya rally in Kwale on September 29.

The DPP, who was represented by Mombasa deputy director of public prosecution Alexander Muteti and state counsel George Mungai, said the prosecution is willing to proceed with the case.

Kwale resident magistrate Christine Njagi allowed the withdrawal of the assault charges.

Mudzomba denied causing a disturbance.

Muteti said they have enough evidence to support the new charge. He said it is not necessary for Raila and Mvurya to give evidence since there is enough evidence to support their case.

“The decision is informed by the DPP’s directive issues yesterday (Wednesday) in which he noted that political hooliganism and thurggery at public meetings is on the rise and if the trend is not stopped, Kenya will be exposed to the risk of lawlessness,” Muteti said.

Lawyer Bwire Okano, representing Mudzomba, said his client should be released on a free bond or bail as he is a causal worker in a local farm earning less than Sh100 per day.

“My client is also not of good health and old. Sponsors like Haki Africa are ready to support his medical treatment and we ask the court to give him free bond to go to hospital and his mental condition confirmed,” Okano said.

He said they will ensure his client is brought to court when required.

Njagi said released Mudzomba on Sh2,500 bail.

The bail was paid by Haki Africa and he was taken to his Kinango employer Nassim Issa.

The case will be mentioned on October 23 and heard on December 16.

Outside the court, Mudzomba thanked Haki Africa for bailing him out and Raila and Mvurya for forgiving him.

He denied claims that he was hired to cane them.

– the-star.co.ke

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