Two people were on Monday charged in a Mombasa court with stealing a gun at Deputy President William Ruto’s residence in Mombasa.
Elsia Kazungu and Joshua Owiti are accused of stealing a Ceska pistol loaded with 15 bullets on December 19 last year.
The suspects are also accused of stealing a mobile phone worth Sh1,200 belonging to Francis Kariuki, a police officer attached at the DP’s residence in Mombasa.
According to police reports, Kariuki a police office based at Central police station, went to Moi Avenue in Mombasa at 1am and met a woman who introduced herself as Stella.
She was reportedly a commercial sex worker and Kariuki agreed to pay for her services.
They boarded a tuk tuk to the officer’s quarters at the DP’s residence and on arrival, he introduced himself to the GSU officer manning the gate before he was allowed in with the woman.
Once inside, she requested Kariuki to allow her to take a shower.
He took his pistol and placed it under a pillow.
The woman came back and sealed the deal as agreed.
According to the police report, when the officer woke up after some hours, he realised his rifle, mobile phone and Sh700 were missing.
Investigations further revealed that Stella’s real name was Gladys Wanjala and she allegedly sold the gun to Elsia, who is facing the criminal charges.
The suspects denied the charges before Mombasa chief magistrate Edina Nyaloti and were released on Sh200,000 bond.
Nyaloti, however, questioned prosecution on how the accused accessed the DP’s residence, which is heavily guarded.
The case will be mentioned on February 10.
The Star/ Hillary Makokha