South Sudanese woman accused of serving alcohol to minors out on bond

A South Sudanese woman accused of serving alcohol to minors at her house in Langata, Nairobi, has been released on bond.

Wednesday March 16 2016

South Sudanese citizen Mary Nanyuk when she appeared in a Kibera court on March 11, 2016.

South Sudanese citizen Mary Nanyuk when she appeared in a Kibera court on March 11, 2016. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BENSON MATHEKA
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A South Sudanese woman accused of serving alcohol to minors at her Phenom Estate house in Langata, Nairobi, has been released on bond.

Mary Nanyuk, a wife of a top military general, was ordered to deposit a Sh500,000 bond with two Kenyan sureties or pay a Sh100,000 cash bail.

She will also deposit her passport in court.

A second count of being in Kenya illegally seems to have hit a wall after the prosecution said she had a valid visa.

Ms Nanyuk was to appear in court on Thursday but a production order was issued for Wednesday for application of a bond that the prosecution did not oppose.

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On Monday, Langata OCS Derrick Nyagah told the court that he released her from custody after it emerged she was the wife of a senior military general in South Sudan.

Mr Nyagah told the court that he was ordered by phone to release Ms Nanyuk by a senior judicial officer from a Kibera court.

He also said officials from the South Sudanese embassy visited him and informed him it was in the interest of the Juba government to have the woman released immediately.

When Ms Nanyuk appeared in to court on Monday, the magistrate summoned the OCS to explain the circumstances in which she was released.

The court reprimanded the OCS for releasing Ms Nanyuk without a court order and directed that she be remanded at the Lang’ata Women’s Prison.

The case was scheduled for a hearing on May 11.

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