A Kiambu court has fixed the hearing date of a case in which a Member of County Assembly (MCA) is facing two counts of assault and malicious damage of his colleague’s blouse at the Kiambu County Assembly in 2019.
Ndenderu Ward MCA, Solomon Kinuthia Wambui, is currently on a Sh100,000 bond after he was arraigned before court in November 2019 and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
After the plea taking, the case was halted as the hearing date had been set when the country was experiencing high cases of coronavirus infections that called for a lockdown by the President.
The state of affairs therefore interfered with the dates assigned to the case and it had to be given fresh dates.
Also, the defence counsel, Gathenji Mbuthi, had raised an objection calling on the FIDA and Law Society of Kenya (LSK) not to take part in the case.
However, after they were served, they agreed that all parties can now take part in the hearing which will take place in open court.
The International Federation of Women Lawyers (IFWL), in Spanish Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA), is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that enhances the status of women and children by providing legal aid, literacy and education programmes, and through advocacy, champions for law reforms, undertakes research and produce publications.
Kinuthia was charged that November 8, 2019 at 1040 hours at Kiambu county assembly building in Kiambu Township of Kiambu County, he willfully and unlawfully assaulted Angela Wanjiru Kangunyi, thereby occasioning her actual bodily harm contrary to section 251 of the penal code.
Count 2 stated that on the same day and scene, he willfully damaged a blouse worth Sh 2,500, property of Angela Wanjiru Kangunyi contrary to section 399(1) of the penal code.
FIDA is represented by Victor Awuor, while LSK is represented by Mercy Kareithi and Noel Okwach is representing the complainant. When the case was mentioned, the defence, representatives of FIDA and LSK, and that of the complainant consented that the case could be assigned a hearing date as they were all ready to proceed.
Kiambu Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo however advised the parties that the window for reconciliation was still open and they were at liberty to talk and agree outside court.
The case was fixed for hearing on May 18 and 27, 2021.
Meanwhile, the court learnt that the CCTV of the incident was in the possession of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).