Six charged with being in possession of minerals (Brass)


Six people previously detained on suspicion of illegal gold trade have been charged.

The suspects are Grace Wairimu Machatha and Erascos Katiku Josiah who are Kenyans, Niyitegeka Sevelin, Dushimirimana Egide, Zilimwabagabu Jacrues and Ngaragura Emmanuel of Rwanda.

However, the accused persons were not charged with illegal possession of gold as suspected.

They were all charged with being in possession of brass, contravening the mining Act.

The accused persons are alleged to have committed the offence on 15th April 2019 at Lenana 51 apartments in Nairobi.

The denied the charges before before Senior Resident Magistrate Muthoni Nzibe.

Their lawyer Stanley Kangahi told the court that the charges emanate from the miscellaneous application in which his clients were being investigated on gold mineral related case.

However, some accused persons before court have allegedly been arrested selling brass as gold.

Kangahi submitted that there was no such charge on the charge sheet. The one they were charged with is a misdemeanor which at even carry a non custodial sentence.

Kangahi further submitted that clients were out on police bail and requested the court to maintain the same terms.

The magistrates directed the accused persons be released on the terms of the police.

Wairimu and Josiah were released on a bail of Sh 100,000 while the other four who are all foreigners were released on Sh 200,000 bail.

The magistrate also directed that they provide one Kenyan contact person.

The case will be mentioned on 2nd May 2019.