Man in court for preventing police officers from arresting chang’aa seller
A man, who allegedly attempted to stop police officers from arresting a chang’aa seller in Majengo, Kamukunji in Nairobi has been charged with obstructing police officers at work.
Chris Musumba was arraigned at the Makadara Law Courts on Wednesday and charged with willfully obstructing officers in due performance of their duties contrary to section 103 (a) of the National Police Service Act of 2011.
Mr Musumba is accused of willfully and unlawfully preventing police constables Christopher Muthama and Timothy Kathiai from arresting Stella Natasha who was found in possession of illicit brew that does not conform to the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act.
In the day of the incident, police officers attached to Shauri Moyo Police Station were on a routine foot patrol in the area when they heard noise from one of the houses. Upon inquiring what was happening, they found a group of men imbibing chang’aa inside Ms Natasha’s house.
After identifying themselves, they sought for Natasha who was selling the brew to her patrons, but Musumba allegedly prevented the two from arresting the woman. He caused a commotion during which some of the patrons escaped. Mr Musumba was arrested alongside Natasha and five litres of chang’aa recovered from the house.
The accused denied the charges before Senior Resident Magistrate Mercy Malingu, claiming there was a misunderstanding after he asked the police officers allow Ms Natasha give him his phone first before she was whisked away.
He also claimed that he had given the phone to Ms Natasha to charge it for him before the police arrived hours later. The accused pleaded with the magistrate for lenient bail and bond terms claiming he could sort the matter out of the court with the two police officers.
He was released on a cash bail of Sh5,000 with mentioning of the case set for November 7 before hearing starts on February 8, 2023.