A candidate for the Nairobi Woman Representative Seat in the August 9 2022 general has been charged with illegally donning police uniform.
Monica Wamaitha Gitau was arrested soon after appearing as a panelist on the Kikuyu station’s morning show in a full police uniform.
Wamaitha who claims to be a former police officer denied the charge when she was arraigned at the Milimani law courts on Thursday.
Appearing before senior principal magistrate Bernard Ochoi, Wamaitha pleaded to be freed on bond.
“I urge this court to release me on a reasonable bail term. I will abide with all the bail terms that will be imposed on me,” she said before the court.
State prosecutor James Gachoka did not oppose the release of Wamaitha who is vying for the Nairobi Women rep seat on a Usawa Party ticket which is associated with Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria.
“ It was her constitutional right to be freed on bond then attend court proceedings from home provided she abides by the bail terms to be imposed on her,” the prosecute told the court.
The charge preferred against her was wearing police uniform contrary to Section 101 (a) of the National Police Service Act Cap 84 Laws of Kenya.
Section 101 (b) of the National Police Service Act Cap. 84, notes that “a sentence of a fine not exceeding Sh1 million or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or both if one is found guilty of impersonating a police officer.”
The charge further read: “That She wore it (uniform) without the written authority of the Inspector General of Police.”
She was freed on a cash bail of Sh100,000 until July 14,2022 when the court will give further directions.