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Solomon Gichira Chebukati summoned over controversial suicide case in his office

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Mr Chebukati will be lined up with six others.

play Solomon Gichira is escorted out of a Milimani court May 29 , 2017. (Courtesy)

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati was on Thursday summoned by a Nairobi court to testify in a case in which Solomon Gichira, a presidential candidate attempted to jump off the Anniversary Towers building last year.

Chebukati and six others have been summoned by the court to give more evidence in the case of the presidential candidate, who was rejected by the Commission, a move suspected to have fermented into the attempt to take his life.

Mr Gichira, who was an independent candidate in 2017, was arrested for attempting to jump out of a window from the sixth floor of the IEBC's office on May, 27 2017.

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He is charged with attempting to kill himself, creating disturbance and destroying IEBC property valued at Sh134,386.

The case was to be heard on Thursday but it could not proceed because of the absence of the witnesses.

play Communications Authority director general Francis Wangusi chatting with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati at the launch of the Media Council's election reporting guidelines. (Courtesy)

 

Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi issued the summonses after the prosecution sought an adjournment.

Adjourned case

Prosecutor Solomon Naulikha had noted that all the witnesses failed to appear since they are attending a seminar in Mombasa.

"I therefore seek summonses to all witnesses in this case, including Chebukati, to appear in court on the next hearing date."

The defence had opposed the prosecution's application saying the team was delaying the matter. Lawyer Dedan Wachira also noted they were ready to proceed.

play Anniversary Towers building entrance where the accused nearly jumped off. (Courtesy)

Gichira is accused of damaging an internet socket, a window, an air conditioner machine and an aluminum window, all property of the IEBC.

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The politician spent two nights at Nairobi's Central Police Station following his arrest.

He denied causing disturbance by shouting his demands for an explanation on why he could not present his papers despite a High Court order.

Gichira won a case against the commission so the court gave him the green light to present his nomination papers so he could run as an independent candidate. He denied all the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh200,000.

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