Two More Suspected SGR Vandals Charged with Economic Sabotage

June 14, 2017

Two more suspects have been charged with destruction of the Standard Gauge Railway.

The two were charged with economic sabotage, destruction of infrastracture and engaging in organised crime.

This brings to 13 the number of suspects arrested in connection with vandalism of the new railway line.

Read: Scrap Metal Dealers Arrested for Vandalizing Section of SGR in Kwale

Appearing before Mombasa Senior Principal Magistrate Francis Kyambia, Athanus Mwanzia Pius and Samuel Kamau Maina denied the charges.

Senior prosecuting counsel Eric Masila told the court that in the event the two are granted bond, the court should consider giving each one of them Sh 3 million cash bail or a surety bond of Sh 6 million, similar to one granted to the other 11 suspects who were released on Monday.

The Magistrate directed that the case be mentioned on June 14, 2017 to make a ruling on whether to release the two suspects on bond or not.

On Monday, 11 suspects who faced similar charges were released on a Sh 3 million cash bail each with a surety of Sh6 million each.

The accused are Peterson Matunda Senteu, Theophilas Mwongela, Bernard Maina, Joseph Mbugua, James Ndichu, Wilbrod Omondi, Joel Kabiru, Mugi Nyaga, Moses Wanyama, David Musyoki and Nicholas Muthuku.

They denied that on May 26 at Kavinduni in Mavumbo location, they wilfully and unlawfully damaged the SGR line.

They also denied dealing in scrap metal, namely 37 pieces of box clips, 18 pieces of silver-coated short metal rods, 37 pieces of y8 box clips and 20 long metal pipes, without a licence.

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