MP Moroto charged with destruction of Sh 7 million property

Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto was on Monday arraigned before a Kitale Court to face charges of destroying property worth Sh 7 million Agricultural Development Corporation’s (ADC) Suam Orchards.

Mr. Moroto, with others who were not before court, was accused of unlawfully grazing 178 heads of cattle that destroyed cultivated crop produce of 151 acres of commercial Maize, 15 acres of seed Maize and 38 hectares of Ley Rhodes grass ll valued at Sh 7. 1 million on diverse dates between April 6 and 7 in 2017 at Suam Orchards farm within Trans Nzoia County.

The legislator who was nabbed on Sunday night denied the charge before Senior Principal Magistrate  Symphie Makila who ruled that he can be released on a cash bail of sh 500,000 or bond of sh 1 million.

The prosecution had requested the court to deny Mr. Moroto the release option but the principal magistrate objected to the prayer saying there was no sufficient ground to warrant it.

The legislator has been directed to appear before court on March 15, 2021 for further directions in his case.

Mr. Moroto was on Sunday evening arrested while visiting families evicted from the Chepchoina settlement scheme along West Pokot and Trans-Nzoia counties.

He had visited the families together with journalists and human rights defenders and spent part of the day to asses the plight of the evicted families when the officers pounced on him.

After the arrest, the MP was driven to Endebess police station then to Kitale Police station where he spent the night.

Detectives indicated that they are preparing more charges against the MP regarding incitement.