A local pastor and two others have been charged with damaging the roadway by reportedly cutting guard rails and destroying the road. The pastor, Stephen Mutunga Mutua, was arraigned in court alongside James Maina Ngaai and Patrick Kariuki Manyengi. The three, however, denied the charges, while the prosecution team appealed with the court to impose a stiff bond sum, describing the offense as serious.
Pastor Stephen begged the court to grant him a reasonable bond of Ksh 5,000, claiming that this is all he can afford. Stephen revealed that he recently lost his mother and that he has a large pending medical bill to pay before chief magistrate Wendy Kagendo Michemi, claiming that the charges were bogus. “Your honor, a week after burying my mum, I was arrested.” I’ve been plagued with misfortunes. “I was wrongfully accused of disrupting the functioning of the government’s road agency, Kenya Urban Road Authority (Kura), by vandalizing rail guards near the Kenya Pipeline,” Stephen stated.
The announcement comes as President Uhuru has prohibited the sale of scrap metal in the country, claiming massive economic losses in the industry. Dr. Fred Matiang’i, the Secretary of the Interior, reiterated the comments, promising to only provide permits to approved businesses