NAIROBI, Kenya, July 1 – A policeman suspected of being behind the tear gas blast that prematurely ended the Azimio-One Kenya coalition party rally in Kisii county was charged on Friday with attempted to injure with explosives.
Police Constable Josphat Makori, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The prosecution said they feared for his safety and that is why he was not charged at Kisii, his place of work.
They cited opposition based on the near-death beating he received before being rescued by uniformed police from an angry mob crying out for his blood.
Makori told the court that he should be forced to see a doctor and take care of his wife who is pregnant and about to give birth.
The prosecution led by Maureen Odumba pleaded with the court to deny the suspect bail in fear of his life.
“My honor, the suspect was rescued from a mob and that is why he is charged in a court in Kisumu,” she said.
The suspect, however, told the court that he needed to be bonded to see a doctor and care for his pregnant wife.
“I was beaten and injured, in the back and on the head,” he said.
The Chief Magistrate says it is the court’s duty to ensure suspects are safe although bail is a constitutional right.
She further confirmed that the suspect was treated at Kisumu County Referral Hospital.
He will be detained at the Kisumu railway station until 11e July when the court gives directions.
Azimio One Kenya Alliance running mate Martha Karua had to cut short her speech after tear gas was thrown at the dais while she was in Kisii.