Starehe Member of Parliament, Charles Njagua has been released on cash bail of Sh 500,000 after denying claims of incitement.
The MP has been in custody following alleged xenophobic remarks, captured in a clip that went viral on social media, calling on Gikomba market to attack foreign investors.
Njagua was seen talking about traders from Tanzania, Uganda, Pakistan and China, he said the foreigners have taken over local jobs, rendering youths jobless.
The court heard that uttered words to wit “sis hatuongei juu ya wachinese wasita, sisi tunaongea juu ya mamia ya watu wametoka nchi za nje wamekuja kufanya kazi hapa, na mimi nataka niseme leo, mimi napea serikali masaa ishirini na nne, kama hao watu hawatakua wamerudi kwao, mimi kama mjumbe was hapa tutaingia kwa hizo maduka wanafanyia kazi, sisi tutawatoa, tutawapiga na tutawapeleka airport”.
His lawyer Duncan Okatch, said the prosecution has no mandate to seek for his arrest without bail as the investigations are still pending and he cannot interfere with investigations or intimidate witnesses.
“My client is a member of Parliament so he ought to be granted very favorable bail/bond terms as he will always appear in court if and when directed by the court”. Said Mr. Okatch.
Mr. Okatch submitted before the court that the substance of the charge in terms of foreigner being in Kenya is not a straight forward issue and indeed each state through the laws has a duty to protect the opportunities existing for its citizens.
The matter will be heard of 4th September 2019 before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi at Milimani Law Courts.