News of Ole-Sono’s death rekindles incident of ‘shooting at journalists’ among Nakuru scribes

The news of the demise of ODM Nakuru Branch chairman Peter Ndungunya Ole Sono on Tuesday morning re-kindled memories of an incident of 2015 in which the deceased was accused of firing at Nakuru journalists.

The Nakuru-based journalists were covering a protest over illegal encroachment on an access road in Ol Jorai, Gilgil in Nakuru County.

The incident saw the deceased ODM politician feature in the headlines for shooting at journalists and taken to court

Sono was caught on camera in May 22, 2015, in Oljorai village in Nakuru County firing at journalists who were covering a protest over illegal encroachment on an access road in Ol Jorai.

He was charged with incitement to violence, disobedience of the law and almost bringing death to Raphael Munge and Evans Barnabas Asiba.

But he was declared not guilty by a Naivasha court.

He would later be released after Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora threw out all the four charges he was facing.

The magistrate also directed the police to return his pistol and firearm certificates they confiscated from Sono according to a local daily who first reported the story.

When the news of his death was made public,Nakuru journalists through their Whatsapp group recalled the shooting incident.

Despite the incident,majority of them recounted how the deceased was a great person who always gave them sound bytes for their news articles.

Until his death, Ole Sono was the ODM Chair Nakuru Branch- a position he served with passion and courage.


Nakuru MCA charged with malicious damage to property and incitement

Menengai East Ward representative Wilson Mwangi was on Thursday charged before a Nakuru Court with malicious damage to property and incitement.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalo, Mwangi was charged that on August 21 at Hyrax area jointly with others not before court willfully and unlawfully destroyed a perimeter wall valued at Sh 1.7 million property of Tsandrakent Vircland.

He faced a second count of incitement to violence the same day without lawful excuse uttered words ‘Let us destroy this perimeter wall, it was reserved as a public utility land’.

The Nakuru MCA denied the charges and sought to be released on bond.

The magistrate in his ruling released the accused on a Sh 200,000 bond or an alternative cash bail of Sh 100,000 pending mention of the matter on November 12.

The land is adjacent to Mediheal Hospital in Nakuru.

Mwangi is accused of leading residents of Menengai East Ward in Nakuru East Sub County to pull down a perimeter wall contrary to the law.

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