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Senator Njoroge appears in court over gun drama

Nominated Senator Paul Njoroge appeared in a Naivasha court Wednesday morning where he was charged with creating disturbances.

Dressed in a grey suit, a cream shirt and a matching tie, the senator entered into the packed courtroom at 10:15 am and remained unmoved, as lawyers made their submissions before the court 

In his submissions, lawyer Steve Luseno representing Vivo Energy Kenya Managing Director Polycarp Igathe and two others called for proper investigations into the incident.

Mr Luseno, requested the file to be forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution for further investigation.

He said the charges preferred against him were likely to “insulate a crime that was committed.”

He also called for the matter to be revisited, stating that the charge sheet did not reflect the recorded statements and complain launched by his clients.

The lawyer said the charge sheet did not mention the firearm owned by the accused and also called the court to bar the accused from making telephone calls to his clients

Mr Luseno also wanted the matter to be heard in another court, preferably Nairobi, terming the accused person “influential and with a huge following” within the Naivasha sub-county.

He requested the court to suspend the taking of plea until the issues he raised were addressed.

Representing the senator, lawyer Francis Mburu asked the court to reject the submissions, arguing that the charges could be amended, altered or substituted.

He said offences are tried where they occurred unless under special circumstances, adding that the senator had already being disarmed.

“The cases should also not be taken where the complainants are comfortable,” said Mr Mburu.

He said the complaints were insinuating that police officers investigating the case had been comprised and were making the reference in a cosmetic manner.

The prosecution argued that the case was professionally investigated and the charges were not defective.

The court is expected to rule in the afternoon whether the senator will take a plea or not.

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