Witeithie MCA Julius Taki has been charged with operating an unroadworthy vehicle and detained in jail for five days.
Appearing before a Thika magistrate court, the Kiambu County legislator whose vehicle bore photos of Deputy President William Ruto in an army uniform has also been charged for operating a private vehicle with defective seat belts.
In addition to that, he was also accused of operating a vehicle with 19 seats instead of 16 passenger seats, tinted windows, loose passenger seats, colored parking lights and carrying excess passengers.
He, however, denied the charges and was released on Ksh20,000 cash bail.
MCA Taki’s release barely lasted long as he would later be detained after one of the prosecutors filed a miscellaneous by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) seeking to have the MCA and his driver detained for five more days over the improper use of emblems.
According to the prosecutor, the MCA’s detention would give the detectives time to investigate the source of the emblems used on his vehicle.
He told the court that the DCI suspected there was an illegal cartel dealing in the emblems and needed time to look into the matter.
Despite the application having been opposed by the defense counsel, the court granted it asserting that there are legitimate fears as expressed in the application.
The case will be mentioned on June 4.
Mr Taki was arrested together with his driver, George Ngugi on Monday evening for driving a vehicle bearing an image of DP Ruto in an army attire depicting that he is the commander-in-chief.