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Homa Bay MCAs charged with assault day after leaving remand

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Barely a day after being released from remand at Kodiaga Prison, two Homa Bay MCAs have been charged with assaulting a court server.

Julius Gaya and Philomen Onditi were rearrested on Tuesday evening and brought before a Kisumu court on Wednesday.

Both pleaded not guilty to assaulting Elvis Ochieng’ on November 14. The latter was from Kisumu High Court.

He says the county legislators assaulted him as he sought to serve Clerk Joseph Kaudo with a contempt order.

The order was to summon the clerk for allegedly allowing the swearing in of Gwassi North MCA Evans Marieba as acting speaker.

He avers that the MCAs, who were from a sitting, pounced on him with kicks and blows accusing him of meddling.

Ochieng sought refuge at Homa Bay police station while his driver fled to avoid being attacked by the MCAs.

Principal magistrate Christopher Yalwala released the lawmakers on Sh50,000 bond each or Sh20,000 cash bail.

Lawyer Agrey Mwamu, for the MCAs, requested that the county reps be released on bond.

He said the duo were released on bond on a similar case of assault. Prosecutor Lazurus Sirtui did not object the request.

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The matter will be mentioned on November 30, the same day Speaker Elizabeth Oyoo assault case will be mentioned.

Homa Bay county assembly has had wrangles since the ouster of former majority leader Richard Ogindo.

The wrangles also culminated to the impeachment of Ayoo. However, the speaker obtained orders allowing her to continue serving.

Read: Seven Homa Bay MCAs detained 14 days for assaulting speaker

See more: Court reinstates impeached Homa Bay speaker 

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