Kenyewa/Poka MCA, Henry Kimiti, was finally presented in Kajiado court on Friday to answer two charges of incitement to violence and unlawful assembly.
Kimiti, who appeared before Kajiado Magistrate Becky Cheloti, denied both the charges.
He was escorted to the court by heavily armed police officers a few minutes before Magistrate Cheloti came into the packed courtroom filled by his fellow MCAs and nominated senator, Mary Seneta.
The prosecution claimed Kimiti January 10 at the East African Portland Cement Company, Kibini mining quarry, located in Mashuuru Sub County within Kajiado County, jointly with others not before court, without lawful excuse, stormed the said mining quarry.
“He incited members of the Maa community to chase away non-locals, an act that was calculated to lead to disobedience of law,” said the first count.
On the second count, the prosecution said the accused on January 10 at the EAPCC, Kibini mining quarry, jointly with others not before court, with intent to commit an offence, assembled at the said company within the factory without a permit issued by lawful authority.
He denied both counts, and the Magistrate slapped him with a cash bail of Sh100, 000 or cash bail of Sh300, 000 with a similar surety.
She was expected to fix a date of next mention and hearing of the case later in the day.
Kimiti was arrested on Thursday evening by officers from DCI and locked him at Kajiado police station
He was was nabbed by sleuths as he came out of a meeting in Emali town and frog-marched into an unmarked police car at 4 pm on Thursday before driven to Kajiado town.
At 9 pm, Kimiti was locked up at Kajiado police station cells but MCAs led by Joshua Olowuasa (Kaputiei North) and Francis Kaesha stormed the station and requested that he spends a night on the floor of the report office.
Kimiti told the Star on Thursday midnight, he had been arrested and locked up at Kajiado police station on allegations he incited people to block vehicles from accessing EAPCC’s plant at Kibini in Sultan Hamud.
He said the allegations heaped on him by police are “wild” and “do not hold water”, adding that he inhibited demonstrators from causing destruction to the property because he believes in dialogue.
“I know that this arrest is politically instigated and I am telling my people of Kenyewa/Poka Ward to restrain from causing any damage to revenge my arrest but to remain calm until police finish investigations,” Kimiti said.
Outraged Imaroro ward counterpart, Amos Peshut, who claimed he called from Mombasa Town, added his voice to the police action saying it is unfortunate that government agencies are using excessive force on leaders fighting for the rights of their people.
“Picketing is constitutional in Kenya and the said demonstrators did not damage any property and the police should have invited Kimiti to record a statement instead of harassing and intimidating him in front of his electorate,” said Peshut.
He also urged the people of Kenyewa/Poka to remain calm as their MCA is being grilled by the police because the truth will be established as to who is on the wrong.
Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko, who has been meeting with the retrenched EAPCC workers with Kimiti at Kibini, switched off her phone as rumours circulated on social media platforms that police are also seeking her arrest.
She did not either respond to our messages after attempting to reach her many times.
Olowuasa and Kaesha claimed CDCI, Barasa Wakimoli, switched off his phone after ordering Kimiti locked in the cells and was unreachable the entire night.