Bungoma County Employees arraigned for attacking, injuring rights activists over Jerrican scandal.


The magistrate released them on Sh100,000 personal bond and set the mention date on May 7.

Two Bungoma county government employees were arraigned in court charged with assaulting three human rights activists.
The two employees and one at large who are casuals in the department of revenue in Bumula sub county were arrained in a Bungoma court on April 24, 2020.
The court was told that on April 13 they assaulted Human Rights Activists Prof Barasa Nyukuri of Torch Africa, Edward Simiyu of Ikuweikuwe Movement and an online activist Samson Munialo while they were addressing the press at Bungoma airstrip over the Sh11 million Jerrycan scandal.

The accused persons Eliud Maina Masongo and Benard Nyongesa Simiyu pleaded not guilty of the offenses before the Principal magistrate Gabriel Omondi.
The duo pleaded with the court to release them on bond since they were casual employees in the department of revenue.
“Your honour, we are pleading with this court to release us on bond so that we can carry own with our duties of revenue collection because we are casuals in the department of revenue,” said Maina.
The trio were charged with three accounts of assault having assaulted three human rights activists.

The magistrate released them on Sh100,000 personal bond and set the mention date on May 7.

Efforts by the accused persons to plead with the magistrate to reduce the bond terms were turned down as he said that it was a binding court ruling.
Prof Nyukuri and Simiyu have been on the forefront asking EACC, DCI and other investigating agencies to speed up the investigation on the Jerrycan scandal.
They were attacked while addressing the press over the same scandals. 
The county emergency response committee members are accused of purchasing 600, 20 litres jerricans at Sh10,000 each with the tax payers allegedly losing Sh11 million to the cartel which was meant to fight the global pandemic COVID-19.
Sh6.9 million was borrowed from the Bungoma county referral hospital by the acting finance chief officer Jonathan Namulala.
However, Bungoma county governor Wycliffe Wangamati refuted to the claims that the county bought the Jericans insisting that they were donated by well wishers.


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