Kitale terror suspects in court, deny charges

Monday July 23 2012

Abraham Kemoi Setot (left in jacket) and Caleb Anyela Onyango at a Kitale court where they denied charges of being found in possession of ammunition at Kitale Guest house. PHOTO / Philip Bwayo

Abraham Kemoi Setot (left in jacket) and Caleb Anyela Onyango at a Kitale court where they denied charges of being found in possession of ammunition at Kitale Guest house. PHOTO / Philip Bwayo 

By PHILIP BWAYO [email protected]

Two suspected terrorists have been arraigned before a Kitale court with a charge of being in possession of ammunition contrary to the penal code.

The court heard that Abraham Kemoi Setot, 34, and Caleb Anyela Onyango, 30 were on Saturday night found in possession of two Chinese made stick hand grenades at a room in Kitale Guest House, within Kitale Town with an intention to cause harm.

The two denied the charges before Kitale Chief Magistrate Maxwell Gicheru.

The prosecution urged the court not to release the two on a bond arguing that the police needed them for further interrogation in to the matter.

“Both the Anti-terrorism and CID officers need the two in custody for further intensive interrogation in to the matter,” said Chief inspector Obed Ndubi.

The defence counsel was however opposed to this, saying denying the suspects a bond will amount to contravening their constitutional rights.

“The two have a constitutional right to be released on bond and denying them such will amount to infringing on their rights,” said the defense advocate Mr. Eliab Melly.

Chief magistrate Mr. Maxwell Gicheru said the court will make its ruling at 3 pm today.

Meanwhile area police boss Mr. Lucas Ogara narrated how the two sneaked the dangerous ammunitions to the country.

“These weapons were flown in the country through the Kenya-Ugandan border along West Pokot County owing to its porous nature,” said Mr. Ogara.

He said police had prior information that the weapons were to pass through Kitale on the way to Nairobi where the two had targeted to bomb a Catholic church in Umoja one estate.

“The two were on a mission to bomb the church during a service with an intention of killing at least 50 people,” he said.

He further revealed how dangerous the weapons are if they could have been used by the two.

“This stick hand grenades are very dangerous owing to the fact that one only needs to open the upper part, pull out a string then throw it at a crowd where it will ignite and end up exploding,” said the OCPD.

The two who were on transit to Nairobi were successfully arrested by the police, minutes before checking out of the guest house.

They had booked a room in the hotel in readiness for the opportune time so as to travel to the capital where they were on a cold-blooded bombing mission.

The Police sucseffulyy intercepted them after being tipped by concerned members of the public who had become curious of the mannerisms that they exhibited.

After being tipped, the police hurriedly drove in to the compound of the guest house where they managed to arrest the two while a third one managed to escape