The Star (Nairobi)

7 November 2012

Kenya: Sonko's Rescue Plan for MRC Chiefs Fails

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Makadara MP Mike Sonko's application to reverse the MRC leaders' bond terms were yesterday rejected by the Shanzu Law Courts. Senior resident magistrate Timothy Ole Tanchu refused to grant Sonko's wishes to have the court accept immovable assets to free MRC secretary general Randu Nzai and spokesman Rashid Mraja.

The court had on Monday rejected Sonko's three title deeds Sonko saying the two can be released only by movable assets. Ole Tanchu however gave Nzai and Mraja the option of a Sh1 million cash bail each after a successful application by their lawyer Jared Magolo.

"The defense counsel did not advise his clients properly. It is not upon the defense counsel to determine the court ruling on this matter," said Ole Tancu.

He said he is not bound by any other court determination in the case after Mombasa Law Courts chief magistrate Stephen Riech accepted immovable assets as surety for eight MRC members including chairman Omar Mwamnwadzi and his wife Maimuna.

After the rejection, Sonko was overheard threatening to withdraw the peace agreement he signed with the MRC leaders in prison."We are supprised. We don't know what is going on. We've perused the constitution. We know the law. There is no law that says an accused person must be bailed out with a movable security," Sonko said.

However, it took the intervention of Magolo and Muslims for Human Rights officials Hussein Khalid and Francis Auma to convince the MP not to withdraw the application.

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