By Eric Winston/Guest Writer

Bungoma Senator-elect Moses Wetangula’s bodyguard who was involved in a gun drama at the Supreme Court during the hearing of the presidential petition has been released on a free bond.

Simon Lonyia was released after being charged with creating a disturbance and resisting arrest following the brief scuffle captured on national TV.

Wetangula’s bodyguard Simon Lonyia in a Nairobi court

The bodyguard denied that on August 28 2017, he created a disturbance that was likely to cause a breach of peace by pushing Central Police Division OCPD Robinson Thuku and other police officers at the gate of the Supreme Court and forcing his way inside. He also denied resisting arrest after the scuffle.

Elite company

His lawyer, Eunice Lumallas, told the court the bodyguard serves with the elite company of GSU and has risen through the ranks to the position of VIP protection.

“He has worked well for the past five years and even his colleagues praise his performance,” Eunice Lumallas told the court.

“The accused also has no criminal record,” she added.

In asking the court to be lenient with the bond terms, the lawyer said that the bodyguard is a “man of straw” and that his payslip was proof of that.

Eight witnesses

She also said that the charges preferred against the bodyguard fall way down on the list of criminal offences and that he would attend court sessions whenever he was required.

Chief magistrate Francis Andayi directed that Simon Lonyia deposit his national ID to the court but was free to access it whenever need arose.

The prosecution has lined up eight witnesses among them Robinson Thuku.

The case will be heard on September 18 2017.