Nairobi Gubernatorial aspirant Bishop Margaret Wanjiru will spend five days in jail after the court denied her bond for a case in which she was charged with malicious damage to property and creating disturbance during jubilee party nominations in Westlands.
While delivering his ruling, Milimani chief magistrate said that the offences that the aspirant is facing are misdemeanors but the threat of violence during elections in Kenya is not something that can be dismissed or ignored.
The magistrate added that a situation where there is threat to witnesses cannot be wished away and in this case the prosecution has told the court that key witnesses are yet to be found.
“Interest of justice will be served if the court denies the accused person bond,” ruled magistrate Andayi.
However, the magistrate ruled that the politician can be released on a Sh500, 000 bond and give two sureties after the five days elapse.
In mitigation, Wanjiru asked the court to allow her to be detained at the police cells so that she can access her medication.
She was taken to Kileleshwa police station and asked to provide the medical documents to prove that she is unwell on April 28th 2017.
Bishop Wanjiru was charged on the morning of 27th April with the two offences after being arrested the previous day in Westlands.
Wanjiru is alleged to have destroyed four ballot boxes and assorted ballot papers valued at Sh 30,000 at city park market jubilee polling station in Westlands, Nairobi County.