Four officers arraigned for selling illicit liquor exhibits

Wednesday, February 14th, 2024 05:50 | By
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Four police officers, including a former Officer Commanding Station (OCS) attached to Kiamaciri police station in Mwea West sub county were yesterday arraigned in court with accusations of selling illicit liquor exhibits that had been stored at the station.

The four were arraigned before Baricho law courts senior principal magistrate Stephen Nyaga but did not take plea since the prosecution filed a miscellaneous application to be allowed to hold them for fifteen days pending investigations in the matter.

The lead prosecutor Jane Maari told the court that the four Francis Muteithi, Brian Mwaniki, Allan Kzalo, and Kenneth Mugambi are being investigated for selling the exhibits that were at the station’s store since 2021 and is suspected to have killed 23 people where scores of others went blind.

Government chemist

The investigating officer told the court that post mortem was yet to be conducted and specimen taken to the government chemist for analysis.

The investigating officer told the court that the first, second and third respondents are serving officers at the station while the fourth respondent is a police officer serving as SOB Kabete police station and thus can interfere with investigations.

The magistrate allowed the application to hold the four at Kerugoya police station, in Kirinyaga Central four 15 days.

The case will be mentioned on March 7. In the same court, the owner of the ill-fated California bar John Muriithi was arraigned and charged with selling expired alcoholic drinks.

He pleaded not guilty and was remanded at Sagana police station until March 7, when a pre-trial conference will be conducted.

Meanwhile, the County Government of Murang’a has imposed quarantine of livestock in Kahumbu Ward, after scores of residents got ill, after consuming meat from an anthrax infected cow. – KNA

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