A 24-year-old miraa vendor has been charged with last months’ city church grenade attack, which left one person dead and scores injured. (READ: One dead, ten injured in Nairobi grenade attack)
Mr Ibrahim Kibe Kagwa, who was arrested on Wednesday at Ngara Market while buying miraa, was produced before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Esther Maina on Wednesday under tight security.
Mr Kagwa faced seven counts of causing grievous harm to Shalom Mulinge, Stephen Mulinge, Ezekiel Muthini, Julia Njenga, Joseph Mbogo and Leonida Ngige at God’s House of Miracles in Ngara Estate, Nairobi, on April 29, 2012.
He was also charged with being a member of Al-Shabaab.
On interrogation, the resident of Mathare 4 A told crime detectives that he does “business in an undisclosed area within Nairobi city.”
The suspect, who was not represented by a lawyer, denied seven counts of causing grievous harm and engaging in organised criminal activities.
He applied to be released on bond.
Prosecuting Superintendent Bridgit Kanyai told Ms Maina did not oppose Mr Kagwa’s request.
However, she asked the court to impose stringent terms.
“The accused is a flight risk. I urge this court to order him to produce sureties if the court is inclined to releasing him on bond,” the prosecutor said.
She asked the court to take into account Article 49 (h) of the Constitution while deciding on the bail plea by the suspect.
“The sureties who will be availed to the court by the suspect will be interviewed and their securities be examined. They will also undertake to ensure that accused turns up in court during the trial,” Supt Kanyai said.
Allowing the prosecution’s request, Ms Maina directed Mr Kagwa to avail three sureties of Sh500,000 each to be examined by the court before he can be released from custody.
Besides the bond with sureties, the magistrate also ordered the suspect to deposit a cash bail of Sh500,000.
The case will be mentioned May 31, 2012.
His trial will commence on June 20, 2012.