Former Kitui Mayor Martha Mwangangi (right) with former Lands Minister Charity Ngilu moments before the ex-mayor was crushed to death by a county government fire engine during protests opposing the demolition of kiosks in Kitui town on December 16, 2017. Photo Courtesy/NMG

A driver of a Kitui County Government fire engine was yesterday arraigned in court and charged with two counts; attempting to murder former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and causing the death of former Kitui Mayor Martha Mwangangi through dangerous driving.

Mr Philip Isika, however, did not take a plea after police applied to detain him for 14 more days to allow for complete investigations into the matter.

The court heard from Inspector Julius Omali that the 14 days would allow police to amend some of the charges, adding that the case has political overtones and having the suspect in police custody would also ensure his safety.

Mr Isika’s lawyer, Japheth Mwalimu, objected to the plea saying it infringed the rights of the accused. He said three days were enough as all the witnesses have recorded statements.

Kitui Resident Magistrate Rose Ombata ordered investigators to conclude the investigations in seven days.

Isika will remain behind bars until December 28 when the case will be mentioned.

Former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu escaped death by a whisker in the Friday accident after her aide pushed her aside as the truck ran over the deceased.