Bishop Margaret Wanjiru released on a Sh100,000 cash bail, high court ruled

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru before milimani chief magistrate Francis Andayi

Jubilee’s Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Bishop Margaret Wanjiru reprieved after high court granted her bond.

High Court judge Ngenye Macharia reduced her bond terms frpm Sh 500,000 and two sureties to Sh 100,000 only and set aside her detention.

“The cash bail granted is hereby reduced, an order directing the detention of Bishop Wanjiru is hereby set aside and she is to be set free from custody upon payment of a cash bail of Sh 100, 000,” ruled Lady Justice Macharia.

Through lawyer Kennedy Ochieng, Bishop Wanjiru had moved to the High Court to challenge the decision to deny her bond as well as have her detained for five days.

In a letter to the presiding judge of the High Court’s Criminal division, Mr Ochieng had protested against the fact that prosecution did not seek for more time to have her detained so as to record witness statements yet Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi ordered that she remains in custody.

Mr Ochieng faulted the magistrate for issuing directions for her continued incarceration yet he was not asked in court, as a gross violation to her rights as an accused person.