Peter Solomon Gichira

Independent presidential candidate Peter Solomon Gichira has been released on a Kenyan Sh200, 000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to three charges of attempted suicide, malicious damage to property and creating disturbance.

Before Milimani law Courts magistrate Francis Andayi, Gichira denied all the charges leading to adjournment of the case to June 15, 2017 for further hearing.

The presidential candidate was arrested on Saturday, May 27, at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) headquarters in anniversary towers for allegedly attempting to commit suicide by jumping off from the building’s 6th floor and he has spent two days at central police station in Nairobi.

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Mr. Gichira had gone to the IEBC offices demanding for reasons why the commission demanded a list of 48, 000 signatures of registered voters from independent candidates despite successfully obtaining a court order suspending that clause of the elections act.

However his rival, Kelly Watima, faulted IEBC for allegedly fabricating accusations aimed at locking them out of the presidential race.

Mr. Peter Solomon Gichira was among seven presidential aspirants who were chopped off from the final list of candidates required to present their nominations papers to IEBC for approval.