- court frees trio who threatened MOH top offical
- Douglas Njoroge Kinyanjui, Peter Njoroge Mwaura and Francis Nding’uri Muhoho
- Douglas Njoroge Kinyanjui
- Peter Njoroge Mwaura
- Francis Nding’uri Muhoho
Three men who allegedly presented themselves as officers from the anti-graft body and threatened a Nairobi county chief officer have been released on a cash bail of Sh200,000 each.
Milimani Magistrate Geoffrey Onsarigo released Douglas Njoroge Kinyanjui, Peter Njoroge Mwaura and Francis Nding’uri Muhoho on bail after declining an application by the police to continue holding the suspects for five days as they complete investigations.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigation said in a miscellaneous application that the three men called the Nairobi county chief officer Geoffrey Omatoke Mosiria through his mobile number alleging that they were in possession of a document which implicated him with corruption.
The suspects further sent Omatoke three messages threatening him of dire consequences in the event he failed to cooperate with them.
According to George Karanja, the Investigative Officer, an Airtel number that was used by the trio is believed to have been registered through someone else’s identity card number, and which is yet to be established.
The officer also told the court that upon arresting the suspects, they mentioned that they were handed over the alleged documents by one of the employees of the Nairobi city county.
Karanja moved to court to seek custodial orders of five days as he completed investigations and also identified the owner of the ID that was used to register the number.
He also wanted the court to not allow the three police cash bail or bond since the police had not ascertained their physical addresses.
“We are not aware of the respondents’ place of aboard hence we highly believe them to be a flight risk,” said Karanja.
However, the suspects through lawyer Kinuthia opposed the application and revealed that Kinyanjui is a director of Denali Water Company based in Kijabe and a well-known security company.
She further said Kinyanjui is the founder of an organisation, CBO, which deals with precautions and advocacy of infectious diseases located in Lari, hence a well-known person to the society.
She added that the suspect has a permanent residence in Lari.