Former Laikipia North MP denies incitement

Former Member of Parliament for Laikipia North has denied inciting his supporters to set ablaze Rumuruti police station.

In his defense, Mathew Lempurkel narrated to Chief Magistrate Lucy Mutai how he had visited Rumuruti police station on July 31, 2016 to facilitate release for Dominic Lenyamire, a remandee who had been shot and later arrested and charged with incitement, to be taken to hospital for treatment.

If my intention was to incite my supporters to burn the police station I would not have called Inspector General of Police, OCS manning the station and the DCIO, Lempurkel argued.

He denied he had his supporters at the station saying that the group which had gathered there were relatives of the remandee and other clients who had come for services.

Lempurkel has also denied using threatening words to a police officer manning the police station.

His sentiment was echoed by a witness Julius Elokomela who had sought for the MP’s assistance in facilitating treatment of the remandee.

The former MP is facing two charges at Nanyuki law court for using threatening words to Nicolus Kipruto, police officer at Rumuruti police station and threatening to incite his supporters to set the station on fire.

Lempurkel had visited the Rumuruti police station on the said date, demanding release of Lenyamire, who was shot and arrested after invading a private farm.

After the police officers who were manning the station were adamant, the legislator started banging the doors and shouting for the prisoner to be released.

He was also threatening to incite his followers to set the station on fire if the suspect was not released.

Later he was arrested and arraigned in court for the offences and is out with a bond of Sh.500,000.

The matter will be brought to court again on March 19, 2018 when William Bwonwonga, representing Lempurkel will present his submission.

Source: Kenya News Agency