Two St. George’s Boys secondary school teachers in Kilifi County have been arraigned before a Mariakani Principal Magistrate Stephen Ngii in connection to students’ riot and closure of the school two months ago.
The accused Joaninah Wangeci Kabugu and Nicholas Ouma Gor were charged with inciting St. George’s Boys secondary school students to strike leading to the closure of the school.
According to the police files, the two were arrested last week on Friday and placed in police custody after investigations linked them to the incident.
They were charged with incitement to violence contrary to section 96 of the penal code.
The court heard that the two utterances lead to the students riot and damaging of the school properties and indefinite closure of the said school.
The two had uttered words accusing the school principal of witchcraft practices which led to the death of one teacher.
Similarly, the court heard that the utterances allegedly made within the school, lead to the students’ riot resulting in damaging of properties and indefinite closure of the said school.
They are also facing another count of creating disturbance in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace contrary to section 95(1) (b) of the penal code.
The two teachers represented by lawyer Lawrence Obonyo pleaded not guilty to all charges and applied to be released on reasonable cash bail and bond terms.
In his ruling, the Principal Magistrate noted that the suspects have constitutional right to be released on bond and directed each one of them to pay 20,000 shillings cash bail or surety bond of 50,000 shillings and the two suspects to ensure their sureties are living either in Mombasa, Kilifi or Kwale County.
The case is fixed for mention on December 1 for pre-trial conference.