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MP: Criminal suspects should not be granted bond

31 October 2013, 19:39 Joseph Njung’eh

Kieni Courts should not be releasing criminal suspects on bond terms, Kieni Member of Parliament James Mathenge has said.

Mathenge said that most criminal activities are perpetrated by suspects released by court on bond therefore warranting a change in the constitution provision that allows release on bond.

The MP called for an amendment of the clause that allows criminal suspects to be released on bond or cash bails.

He opined that cases of terrorism, murder, rape, kidnapping and abduction could be reduced if the suspects are denied bond.

He was commenting on an incident where a female assistant chief from Solio village in his constituency was abducted by a gang that later demanded a ransom of KES 2million. However, the administrator was later released and dumped in Maragua after the family gave some money to the kidnappers.

The MP added that relatives of the captives should not be paying ransoms arguing that by doing so, more criminals would be encouraged to engage in the crime which has become rampant in Murang’a and Kirinyaga counties.

Mathenge was speaking at Kieni CDF offices in Mweiga town where he was distributing bursary cheques to schools.

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