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Eldoret trader tells court military officers smoked bhang at his kiosk

A food vendor charged with being in illegal possession of narcotics has shocked an Eldoret court after informing the court that the bhang in his possession belonged to a ‘military officer’ who was his client.

“I have never traded in cannabis sativa. I am a well-known snack seller, the bhang that was found at my place of work belonged to one of my clients who is a military officer,” Julius Waikungu told an Eldoret Senior Resident Magistrate Keyne Odhiambo.

Mr Waikungu is charged with illegal possession of Narcotic contrary to the narcotic and substance control act of 1994.

The court heard that on March 10, 2023, at Soy market within Soy Sub County together with another person who was not in court, he was found in possession of 65 grams of cannabis sativa valued at Sh1,950.

He denied the charge as he blamed his military customers whom he accused of changing his food kiosk into a bhang smoking zone.

“It is true that this bhang was found at my food kiosk, but it wasn’t mine. It belonged to military officers who are my frequent customers. They had hidden it under a coach in my kiosk,” he told the court.

He also accused police officers who arrested him for fearing to arrest the military officers who were the real owners of the said bhang.

The court released him on a cash bail of Sh5,000.

The case will be mentioned on March 20 to set a pre-trial date.

In the same court, two men pleaded guilty to stealing livestock belonging to their employer.

Zamalek Barasa and Clipertune Kilago told the court that they opted to steal two cows belonging to Ann Kigen, their employer, so as to recover the two-year salary that the employer had failed to pay them.

The court heard that they stole the two Friesian cows valued at Sh230,000 on March 10 at Jamboni area in Uasin Gishu county.

They will be sentenced on March 16.

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