Starehe MP 'Jaguar' to stay in custody until Tuesday

Starehe MP Charles ‘Jaguar’ Njagua has been remanded for five more days. [Standard]

Starehe MP Charles ‘Jaguar’ Njagua has been remanded for five more days to allow police more time to probe his alleged xenophobic remarks.

Njagua is facing charges of inciting voters against foreigners.

The prosecution says it has credible intelligence the MP was planning an attack.

Police are looking for Subscriber Details, Line History, IMEI History, text messages (SMS) and Call Data Records (CDR) from the MP’s phone.

Njagua appeared before Nairobi Resident Magistrate Tobiko Sinkiyan, who directed that the MP should be held at Kileleshwa police station until Tuesday next week..

He was captured in a video telling the foreign business community in his constituency to shut down and vacate the country, failure to which they will be forcibly removed.

In the video, he issued Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i a 24-hour ultimatum to deport all Chinese nationals and other foreigners conducting business in Nyamakima and Gikomba.

“We are not talking about six Chinese nationals. We are talking of hundreds of foreigners who work here [Kenya],” he said.

The utterances did not sit easy in Kenya and across her borders.

Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau said Kenya deeply regrets ‘the careless and inciteful remarks’.

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna called them ‘unfortunate’ and assured foreign investors that they are allowed to trade in the country and their security is guaranteed.

“We wish to state that this is not the position of the Government of the Republic of Kenya, and we denounce the comments carried in the video in the strongest terms possible,” Oguna said.