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Police seek arrest warrant for Boniface Mwangi

Prosecutors have asked a Nakuru court to issue an arrest warrant against activist Boniface Mwangi for failing to appear in court to respond to charges against him.

Mr Mwangi, alongside Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria and three others, were charged with malicious damaging of a perimeter wall worth Sh13 million belonging to ENSE Limited.

DERAIL HEARING

The prosecutor, Hillary Songoyo, said on Monday that Mr Mwangi and Mr Gikaria have been putting hurdles for the court to derail the hearing of the case.

“It has always been either Mr Mwangi is out of the country or Mr Gikaria being sick. The complainants are becoming impatient with the dragging of the case and we request the court to issue a warrant of arrest against Mr Mwangi,” Mr Songoyo said.

Mr Mwangi’s lawyer, Pascal Mbeche, told the court that his client had travelled to Zimbabwe.

Mr Mbeche asked for the case to be adjourned, saying that the hearing could not proceed because Mr Gikaria was unwell.

MOBILISED YOUTH

He produced documents showing Mr Gikaria was receiving treatment at a Nairobi hospital.

The MP and his co-accused are alleged to have mobilised a group of youths to damage the wall last year on claims that the company had grabbed it from Naka Primary School.

Five witnesses who had turned up on Monday did not testify.

Chief Magistrate Geoffrey Oduor granted a request by the company to make an application before a High Court seeking to transfer the matter to another court.

He further directed that the case be mentioned on June 29.