Wealthy former MP and Karua ally who allegedly joined Kieleweke to avoid court case charged afresh

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The latest development from the courts is set to be used as proof that just because you support the Handshake doesn’t mean your legal woes will be over. A wealthy former member of parliament from Mount Kenya region was mocked for supporting president Uhuru Kenyatta through the Kieleweke group, with claims that he was doing this in order to win his court case. However, in a major setback, his case is set to begin again, jeopardizing his 2022 ambitions.

Former Tetu Legislator Ndung’u Githinji has been charged afresh in a case where he is accused of assaulting a Kihingo security guard.

Githinji who is embroiled in a bitter row with his sibling over an upmarket city estate is said to have assaulted Godfrey Mutua, a guard at Kihingo Village in Kitisuru, Westland’s Sub-County on February 5, 2021.

The matter came for mention before Milimani Magistrate Caroline Muthoni to confirm if the prosecution had amended the charge sheet.

Githinji had also been charged with being in possession of an invalid firearms certificate on February 18, 2021, at Kihingo Village (Waridi Gardens.

However, Githinji through his lawyer Ishmael Nyaribo applied for review to the DPP after he said the firearm license board confirmed that he had a replacement of his license application approved at the time of the incident.

The matter had come up for mention to confirm whether the charge of having an invalid firearm certificate had been amended.

The charge was withdrawn by the DPP.

The new charge sheet contained a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm contrary to section 251 of the penal code.

He denied the charges and his bond terms were reviewed.

Muthoni released him on a cash bail of Sh100,000.

The case will be mentioned on November 30 for pre-trial.

Reportedly, at 11.28 pm on February 5, Githinji arrived at the gate of Kihingo Village where he lives and where he has been in a protracted dispute with the other residents.

As a result, he had been removed from the chairmanship of Kihingo Village Management Company and no longer plays any part in the management of the upmarket estate in Kitisuru.

Githinji was annoyed that Securex was recently appointed to provide security to Kihingo Village and that his preferred security company 911 was blocked from entering the estate.

On that night, a Kihingo guard, Mutua asked the driver to lower the windows of Ndungu’s vehicle so that he could check that they were not surreptitiously smuggling in any 911 guards.

The case was being handled by magistrate Martha Mutuku who had noted that before Githinji took plea, the assault matter had been adjourned for a long time.

On August 23, 2021 in her brief ruling, Mutuku had noted that plea taking had been adjourned several times then called upon Githinji to answer the charges, adding: “In the event, the DPP wants to terminate the proceedings he can do so at any time before the conclusion of the case.”

Mutuku had released him on a cash bail of Sh200, 000 but has been reviewed.

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