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Two teachers charged in court over school unrest

Two secondary teachers in Kilifi County were Monday charged before a court in connection to students’ riot and closure of the school two months ago.

Joaninah Wangeci Kabugu and Nicholas Ouma Gor were separately charged with inciting St. George’s Boys secondary school students to strike leading to the closure of the school.

The duo were arrested last Friday and placed in police custody after investigations linked them to the incident. They were charged with incitement to violence contrary to section 96 of the penal code.

On her part, Kabugu allegedly committed the offence on October 20 this year at Mtito Andei village in Makueni County.

Mariakani Principal Magistrate Stephen Ngii heard that she, without lawful excuse, uttered words: “sorrow, sorrow which deep sorrow and you killed him”.

The court further heard that her utterance led to the students’ riot and damaging of the school properties and indefinite closure of the said school.

On his part, Gor allegedly without lawful excuse, uttered words: “mimi sitaki kufa kama mwalimu Makau, yule anataka kuambia principal aende aseme.”  

Similarly, the court heard that the utterances allegedly made within the school, lead to the students’ riot resulting into damaging of properties and indefinite closure of the said school.

Kabugu was also faced with another count of creating disturbance in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace contrary to section 95(1) (b) of the penal code.

She allegedly threatened to hit Mwamuye Bashir Suleiman while armed with a plastic chair on October 20 this year at Mtito Andei village in Makueni County.

Joaninah Wangeci Kabugu and Nicholas Ouma Gor before Mariakani law court faced with charges of inciting St. George’s Boys secondary school students to strike and causing closure of the school

The two teachers represented by lawyer Lawrence Obonyo pleaded not guilty to all charges and applied to be released on reasonable cash bail and bond terms.

“Your honour, the two are teachers of the said school and living within the school’s locality. The first accused is sick and had to be taken to the hospital, while in police cell. Both are parents with minors. We pray that the court do consider releasing them on reasonable bond terms,” added Obonyo.

In reply, Prosecution Counsel Jethron Okumu said they have no objection for their release on cash bail or surety bond.

“We have no reason to oppose their release on bond as long as they assure attendance of their trial and comply with the terms of bond and surety,” added Okumu.

In his ruling, the Principal Magistrate noted that the accused have constitutional right to be released on bond and directed each one of them pay Sh 20,000 cash bail or surety bond of Sh 50,000.

The court further ordered the two suspects to ensure their sureties are living either in Mombasa, Kilifi or Kwale County. The case is fixed for mention on December 1 for pre-trial conference.

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