Two more suspects charged with vandalising standard gauge railway

Standard gauge railway station in Miritini, Mombasa. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG
Standard gauge railway station in Miritini, Mombasa. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG 

Two more people arrested for allegedly vandalising the new standard gauge railway (SGR) were on Tuesday charged with sabotage, destruction of infrastructure and engaging in organised criminal activity.

The arrests bring the number of suspects linked to the destruction of the new railway line to 13.

Athanus Mwanzia Pius and Samuel Kamau Maina appeared before Mombasa Senior Principal Magistrate Francis Kyambia on Tuesday and denied the charges.

Prosecutor Eric Masila told the court an investigation officer had sworn an affidavit asking that the suspects be held in custody for days to allow him complete investigations.

Mr Masila asked the court to consider granting each of the suspects a Sh3 million cash bail or a surety bond of Sh6 million — similar to that granted to eleven suspects on Monday — in the event that it chose to do so.

“The court do grant the same bond terms applied to other suspects  for this case for purpose of consistence and uniformity in decision making,” stated Mr Masila.

He also told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions would apply for the consolidation of the cases involving the two suspects with that of eleven others scheduled for a mention on June 19.

The magistrate directed that the case be mentioned today during which he will rule whether to release the two suspects on bond.

The suspects were unrepresented.