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Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok Acquitted In Illegal Firearm Case


Court has today acquitted Makongeni Member of County Assembly Peter Imwatok on charges of being in possession of an illegal firearm.

Imwatok had been charged with four counts including being in possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate contrary to section 2 as read with section 4(3)(b) of the Firearms Act Cap 114 Laws of Kenya.

Milimani Law Court Senior Resident Magistrate Ms. Carolyne Muthoni Njagi found Imwatok not guilty of all the four counts saying the prosecution failed to prove that the accused person was in deed in possession of an illegal fire arm.

In her ruling Njagi poked holes in the evidences presented before her saying the witnesses failed to prove that  the firearm was illegal.

‘‘There was no evidence induced in this case to show the accused person had made the said firearm certificate by either preparing it, printing it or even signing it ..the prosecution did not prove their case the required standards that the accused person made the firearm certificate as charged the accused is acquitted as the provisions of section 215,” Njagi said.

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‘‘The accused person is acquitted as charged in count  4 as the provisions of section 215 ..the accused person is set at liberty unless. lawfully held the cash bail deposited in court be refunded…right of appeal 14 days,” Njagi ruled.

Imwatoks’ lawyer  Mr. Kokobe applauded the court’s decision describing it as a landmark ruling.

‘‘Having looked at it the matter and you will also have history of a number of times the accused person has been called either on account having jumped bailed or sort which only was vexing because usually he was only coming up at the heels of certain political activities. Let’ s look at the charges, basically there were four charges, two were related the first being in possession of a firearm contrary to provision penal  code and the second being in possession of ammunition. The third count was in relation to a forgery which was alleged and the last count that was utterance,’’ Kokebe told Ghetto Radio News.