Ex-MP to appear in court for assault charges

Monday, August 16th, 2021 17:59 |
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Former Tetu MP Ndung'u Gethenji has been summoned to appear in court on August 23, 2021, to plead to assault charges.

The summon was issued by the Milimani Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku after declining to recuse herself from handling the criminal case.

While declining to disqualify herself Mutuku said that an application filed by the complainant's lawyer Professor George Wajackoyah lacked merit since he failed to demonstrate that she had shown any interest in the case.

"I find that there is no conflict, I find that the application has no merit. The accused is ordered to appear in court for plea taking, "Mutuku ruled.

In March this year, Wajackoyah filed an application informing the magistrate that they were unhappy with the way she was handling the matter and requested her to vacate the plea taking of Gethenji until she had stepped aside.

Lawyer Ishmael Nyaribo representing Gethenji however opposed the application saying Wajackoyah had not shared the letter written to Mutuku complaining of her conduct.

In this case, Gethenji is accused of beating up Godfrey Mutua, a Kihingo Security Guard on February 5.

The prosecution alleges that at 11.28 pm on February 5, Gethenji arrived at the gate of Kihingo Village where he lives and where he has been in a protracted dispute with the other residents.

As a result, he has been removed from the chairmanship of Kihingo Village Management Company and no longer plays any part in the management of the upmarket estate in Kitisuru.

Gethenji was annoyed that Securex was recently appointed to provide security to Kihingo Village and that his preferred security company 911 was blocked from entering the estate.

On that night, a Kihingo guard, Mutua asked the driver to lower the windows of Ndungu's vehicle so that he could check that they were not surreptitiously smuggling in any 911 guards.

The case will be mentioned on August 23 for plea taking.

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