About 12 people who attempted to cross the border via a lorry along Limuru road in Kiambaa sub-county in Kiambu County in the wee hours of the morning on Monday have been released and warned not to repeat any offence.
They appeared before Kiambu Senior Resident Magistrate, Wilson Rading who cautioned them that should they be found engaging in activities that will contravene prevention, control or suppression of Covid-19, they would face the full force of the law.
Abdi Halake Jirma, Joseph Mwangi Ndirangu, Abdullah Osman, Dawit Dofar, Durio Hirbo, Abdi Kana, Said Idris, Mohammed Adan, Ali Doke, Hussein Wato, Sambatu Shanko Konse and Idris Wario appeared before Rading charged that on May 18 at around 7.30 hours along Limuru road, they were found on board a motor vehicle registration number KAS 604 Y make Lorry travelling from Nairobi Metropolitan to Suswa in Nakuru County in contravention of directives issued by cabinet secretary for health on prevention control and suppression of COVID-19 thus in blatant defiance or disregard of cessation of movement to curb the spread of the pandemic.
The offence is contrary to section 36(M) as read with section 1164 of the public health.
After they were arraigned in court, Donnex Ongira for the prosecution informed the court that he wished to withdraw the charge under section 87 (a) of the penal code as the accused had not actually crossed the border when they were intercepted and their efforts to cross the borderline thwarted by the hawk-eyed police officers manning the roadblock.
The same court placed a man who pleaded guilty to contravening provisions of the curfew restriction orders after he was found in Banana area on Sunday May 17 to one-day Community Service Order at the Kiambu Law Courts
Wilson Wangungu Nyaruai was charged that on the material day at around 2000 hours at Banana area in Kiambaa sub-county within Kiambu County, during the night hours as prohibited person was found at Banana shopping centre in contravention of provision of curfew restriction order issued by the President of the republic of Kenya.
He pleaded guilty as charged but asked the court to pardon him saying his motor bike developed a mechanical problem and as he struggled to repair it, he was found by security personnel who arrested him and charged him with the offence.
By Lydia Shiloya