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MP on rape charge wants case to proceed after August polls

Imenti Central MP Gideon Mwiti, who is facing a rape charge, wants the case to proceed only after the August 8, General Elections.

Mr Mwiti made the application before Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi on Wednesday saying that he is seeking reelection in the August polls.

Through his lawyer, Dr John Khaminwa, the legislator appealed to the court to allocate the case a trial date after the elections.

His application was however opposed by state prosecutor Eddie Kadebe who said that the first-time MP remains a suspects regardless of his political office. Kadebe further urged the court not to be guided political dictates.

APPLICATION DISMISSED

The magistrate dismissed the application and fixed the hearing of the case on March 24, 2017.

In his ruling, Mr Andayi said: “This court is guided by its calendar. This is an old matter which needs to be disposed off expeditiously.”

The MP through his lawyer told the court that he will be lodging a third bid to quash the trial on grounds that the charges are defective.

Mr Mwiti has also filed an application at the Supreme Court whereby he is asking the court to declare that he will not get a fair trial since the prosecution has not given him all the evidence.

Mwiti faces life imprisonment if found guilty at the conclusion of the trial.