Quack doctor James Mugo wa Wairimu was on Friday denied bail pending trial.

Mugo was charged with running a pharmacy and a medical laboratory without licenses.

Bond Terms

Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku ruled that stringent bond terms alone can neither guarantee nor safeguard the integrity of the trial process.

"It was also found that bond terms cannot guarantee the process of the trial. I find that compelling reasons have been provided by the prosecution and the application has merit,” the Magistrate stated.

Last month the quack doctor pleaded not guilty as he faced a count of operating a pharmacy not registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

Registration

He was accused by the State of running a medical laboratory without registration and licence from the Kenya Medical Laboratory and Technologists Board.

The prosecution had asked Magistrate Martha Mutuku to deny Mugo bond because he had a record of jumping bail.

Mugo was arrested by Flying Squad detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations while attempting to move from one hideout to another in Gachie.

Arrest

The officers had searched Kayole, Kiambu, Dagoretti, Tena, Kasarani and Gachie for Mugo whose devious businesses were exposed in an NTV investigative.

City MCAs started asking questions as to how the quack doctor was issued with a licence to operate various clinics across the city despite being found unqualified.

They called for the operating licences of rogue facilities to be revoked, saying that the Assembly would go after county officials who do not carry out due diligence but instead allow the licensing of fraudulent clinics.