A prosecution witness in a  surprise testimony has distanced himself from an incitement to violence case against Makadara Mp George Aladwa.

The Kilimani police station boss, Gilbert Ngui,  said he was not aware of the offence Aladwa, who is also ODM party Nairobi branch chairman, is charged with neither was he present at the venue of a meeting the politician is alleged to have attended  when he made the alleged inflammatory remarks at Kamukunji grounds in Kibra, Nairobi.

“I don’t know why the accused is on court…” Ngui said adding that he had assumed it was because of ” holding a meeting without a permit.”

The witness said he recalled the circumstances leading to the case related to a rally attended by CORD members and other high profile personalities in 2015.

“I saw on Social media that there was to be a meeting at Kamukunji grounds which is within my area of jurisdiction,” the witness said.

Meeting without permit

He said there was no request or application filed with the police in regards to the meeting.

“I was not notified of the CORD meeting as required by law,” he senior officer told court.

Ngui said he was not present at the meeting and has no idea about the alleged  incitement.

In cross examination, the witness appeared to read from a different script.

Dr John Khaminwa defending Aladwa pressed the witness to tell the court whether he is aware he was charged with incitement of which he said he was not.

The witness said he thought he had been charged with holding a meeting without a permit.

Sent apologies

Other witnesses had  been invited but did not turn up, including former Kilimani OCPD Peter Katam.

Prosecutor Solomon Naulikha said they had sent apologies.

The Former Nairobi mayor has denied inciting the residents of the Kibera slum to violence.

His bond of  KSh3 million with the alternative of paying a KSh500,000 cash bail has been extended to the next hearing date on May 4 2018.

He twice challenged his prosecution on grounds of discrimination and defectiveness of the charge sheet in vain.

 

Aladwa was charged after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission authenticated a video in which he is depicted as calling Kibera residents to violence should the 2017 general elections be, “stolen,” from Raila Odinga.

Prosecution says he uttered the following words among others: 2017 imekaribia na sisi kama watu wa ODM tumebaki na risasi moja… this time round the outcome of the election ikiwa tumeshinda na watunyang’anye wacha kiumane… Raila ndio awe President lazima watu wakufe kiasi…

In re-examination Ngui said he was not the investigating officer nor the arresting officer and clarified that the case emanated from the criminal investigations department.