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DPP wants court to set aside orders staying Mwilu’s case

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The office of the DPP has filed a fresh application seeking to set aside orders staying the criminal proceedings against Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu.

Through lawyer Lillian Obuo, the DPP wants the court to order the immediate transfer of the petition filed by Mwilu challenging her prosecution to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Division of the High Court.

The matter is before the Constitutional and Human Rights Court.

Justice Chacha Mwita declined to transfer the matter and directed the application be heard on October 9.

“Since there is a date set for hearing the petition and to avoid confusing the court diary, I hereby direct that this matter be served upon the respondents and parties to appear on October 9 for an inter-parties hearing,” the judge said.

Read: DPP Haji seeks legal advice on Mwilu’s corruption case

Obuo and Secretary of Public Prosecutions Dorcas Oduor had yesterday told Justice Mwita the matter should be determined by the division to ensure consistency and judicial harmony in decision-making on all anti-corruption and economic crimes cases.

The court heard the orders staying Mwilu’s criminal case was granted ex-parte and no directions were given by the court on whether the matter would be set down for inter-parties hearing to allow the DPP an opportunity to state a case on why the conservatory orders ought not to have been granted.

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“We have been denied an opportunity to state our case as to why the conservatory orders ought not to have been granted. This is an issue that should have been canvassed inter-parties,” Obuo’s affidavit reads.

On September 8, the DPP made an application seeking to have Mwilu’s case handled by a five-judge bench on grounds it raised substantial questions of law and it is of public importance. The application has not been heard.

Mwilu obtained orders on August 29, suspending her criminal case. She says the charges are not coincidental and appear to be part of a larger scheme to embarrass her in her capacity as the Deputy Chief Justice and to expose her to ridicule and harassment.

The DCJ has claimed there have been efforts to remove her from office after she joined in the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election last year.

In an affidavit, Mwilu says following threats made by the President after nullification of his first win, a series of events have targeted the Judiciary, specifically the majority of judges.

But the DPP has maintained that it acted independently, not under any political influence to charge her.

More: Judiciary plots fight back on Mwilu case

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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –

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Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

Read: Missing Businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina’s Body Found In A Kajiado Mortuary

The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

Read Also: Missing Thika Millionare Julius Gitau Found Alive – Police

“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”

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According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

Read Also: Son To Murdered Kiambaa Family Reported Missing

“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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Police in hot pursuit of gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident – KBC

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The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

Kiambu based detectives are pursuing a dangerous and armed criminal gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident on Friday, before disappearing with his Toyota Premio as he drove to his residence.

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According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI), the victim had pulled over by the apartment’s gate at Ruaka One River Apartments, unaware that a gang of three assailants was laying in wait for him.

As the gates opened, the driver’s window was suddenly smashed with an iron rod, before two shots were fired in the air from a pistol in an attempt to subdue him.

However, he managed to force his way into the parking lot, but before he could jump out of the car and scamper to safety, the trio caught up with him and roughed him up before grabbing his car keys and phone.

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On receiving the report, DCI detectives based at Kiambaa launched a manhunt for the suspects.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

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Its rear and front headlights, side mirrors, all tyres, nose guard, boot and radio had been stolen.

Detectives believe that the three suspects are part of a larger criminal syndicate operating within Kiambu County.

They have been targeting taxi drivers while posing as customers, only to turn against them at isolated places, then vandalize their vehicles.

” Some members of the syndicate have previously been arrested and arraigned in court.” Said the DCI

The DCI has cautioned Kenyans on this trend of crime.

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