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Former presidential aspirant remanded for alleged trafficking in narcotics

A  Marsabit  Court on Friday  ordered a former presidential candidate to be remanded for seven days pending bail consideration  after he denied a charge of trafficking in narcotic drugs.

The  Diligence Development Alliance (DDA) Party  leader, Jaffer  Isaak  Sora denied before Senior Resident Magistrate, Tom  Wafula  of  trafficking in bhang contrary to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Control Act.

The   accused allegedly committed the offence on June 19, this year at Marsabit Central Sub-county in Marsabit County  jointly with others not  before court whereby he was found trafficking 445 kilograms of bhang with a street value of Sh.11,125,000.

The  prosecution objected to the accused being released on bail and asked the court to remand him until June 26, this year  pending both pretrial and pre-bail reports and preparation of witness statements.

The  Principal Prosecution Officer, Paul Ochieng told the court that he was under instructions to oppose bond or bail since  the accused has dual citizenship of Kenya and Europe and such a potential flight threat.

He told the court that investigations indicate that the accused was linked to a syndicate which was highly placed and
could therefore interfere with investigations and witnesses.

The  accused admitted being a highly influential personality in the society but denied ever having intimidated any police  officer.

He  informed  the  court of being in possession of a Kenyan passport which he used for entering and exiting the country.

“It  is  not  true  that  I have ever intimidated any police officer on account of being a senior personality,” he told the
court,  adding, “It is also true that I have a Kenyan passport which I use both to enter and exit the country.”

The  suspect was a presidential candidate in 2017 national polls and is reported to be aspiring to contest in 2022 with  police records indicating that he was indeed a frequent user of the Isiolo-Moyale highway.

The  arrest  come barely a week after police nabbed suspects in Sololo area on July 16, 2019 with 315 kg of bhang while  another suspect was on June 18,2019 arrested with three kilograms of bhang that was stuffed in a modified gas cylinder at  the Merille roadblock.

The  Marsabit County Police Commander  (CPC), Steve Oloo has lauded the efforts by diligent police officers who have  been  working closely with members of the public leading to arrest of suspected criminals.

By  Sebastian  Miriti

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