A Ugandan clearing and forwarding agent, a mason and a mechanic were amongst five suspects charged in a Nairobi court on Monday for allegedly carjacking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official limousine.
Mr Robert Mande Ochan, 37, Mr Nelson Topicho Mulati, 22 and Mr Aggrey Odhiambo Achieng, 40 were charged alongside two other clearing and forwarding agents, Mr Andrew Young Otieno,34 and Mr Godfery Ouma Simon, 32.
Prosecution claimed they were the gunmen who accosted the driver of the high -end armour plated limousine, Mr David Maina Machui on August 26 at Utawala estate and robbed him of the vehicle valued at Kshs2.4 million.
All the suspects except Mr Topicho have been ordered to deposit bonds of Shs 5 million each with an alternative cash bail of Kshs 2 million, pending the hearing of the case.
The Ugandan was ordered to surrender his passport to the court in addition to securing two Kenyan sureties for his release.
Mr Topicho, according to the prosecution is a fugitive who is wanted in a separate case of house breaking involving the theft of household goods worth Kshs885, 000 which is being investigated at the CID Kayole. He was denied bail and will stay in police custody for three more days.
He was also separately charged with handling stolen property in which it was alleged that on August 26 at Utawala estate Mr Topicho “dishonestly” undertook the disposal of the Presidential limo registration number KWA 479YGK A 374E the property of the government while “having reasons to believe that it had been stolen or unlawfully acquired.”
Mr Odhiambo also faced a charge of handling stolen property in connection to the motor vehicle. He denied having undertaken the blue BMW on August27 at London Estate ion Nakuru while knowing it was a stolen good.
Mr Mande was separately charged with handling the vehicle at Busia Township on August 28 as a conduit who undertook its disposal while “knowing it had been unlawfully obtained.”
The two other clearing agents were charged similarly with undertaking the disposal of the stolen vehicle at Busia on August 28 but the mechanic faced a further charge of being found in possession of a homemade gun.
Prosecutor Noah Chemweno said that on August 30 at London estate, the suspect was found in possession of an imitation of a firearm without a firearm certificate, a charge Mr Odhiambo however denied.
Mr Topicho and Mr Odhiambo also face a separate joint charge of carjacking involving another motorist identified as Mr Alex Kanyi Kimani whose vehicle was stolen at Utawala Eastate on the same night and later recovered before being dismantled at a garage in Nakuru.
The theft of the Presidential car recently threw the country’s security apparatus into a spin in the wake of rising cases of carjacking in the city.
Mr Machui was reportedly heading home after official duties when thugs accosted him at around 8.00pm and commandeered the vehicle to a thicket where he was stripped naked and abandoned unhurt.
The car bore a private number plate at the time of the incident, according to police reports and was said to be part of the President’s motorcade.
Barely five months ago was Deputy President William Ruto’s spokesperson David Mugonyi carjacked along Dennis Pritt road in Kilimani. The vehicle was later recovered abandoned in Embakasi but no suspects were arrested. The trial of the suspects linked to President Uhuru’s car starts on November 14. They have been ordered to appear for a mention on September 12.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor