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Former MP denies firing gun at Sonko’s official

Former Limuru MP George Nyanja has denied firing at a top CityHall official in an attempt to stop the demolition of his building in Karen last week.

The charge sheet stated that he used a Ceska pistol to fire at Mr Fredrick Ondari, an inspector of buildings with the County Government who was leading his officers to demolish an illegal building.

According to the prosecution, the former legislator did not have approval from the county government to put up the building that was brought down.

RELEASED ON BAIL

Mr Nyanja, denied the charges before Kibera Senior Principal Magistrate Faith Mutuku and was released on Sh200,000 cash bail.

The case will be heard on November 15.

Mr Nyanja presented himself to court on Tuesday but did not take plea after a prosecutor found the charge sheet faulty.

“I am applying that this plea be deferred to Wednesday so that the charge sheet can be amended. As structured, the count cannot stand,” Charles Mogaka, the prosecutor said.

The court allowed the application and extended Mr Nyanja’s police bail of Sh50,000 to Wednesday.

According to City Hall, demolition squad arrived at a business premises in Karen on Wednesday last week and started bringing down structures.

SHOT IN THE AIR

When Mr Nyanja arrived, an argument ensued and it was then that he allegedly shot in the air forcing the county workers to scamper to safety.

Nairobi County’s Chief Media Officer Elkana Jacob said the premises were constructed without approval from the Nairobi City County Government (NCCG) and area residents were also opposed to the development.

“The county government had given notice to the owners of all illegal structures from Embakasi to Karen and when they did not comply with the orders, we moved in (to demolish),” he said.