A Nakuru court on Friday, February 9 freed on bond Richard Aketch, who is the cousin of Jubilee Party Secretary General Rapahel Tuju, in a case which Mr Aketch is accused of sending a death threat SMS to Mr Tuju.
It is alleged that Mr Aketch, via a phone conversation in late January, threatened to kill Mr Tuju for “betraying” his community by associating himself with the ruling Party, Jubilee, which is not as popular as the Opposition affiliate Party, ODM, in Western Kenya.
Mr Aketch’s message to Mr Tuju allegedly read: “Do not try to step foot to your motherland, in case you think of coming, carry an extra coffin.”
Mr Aketch appeared before Nakuru Senior Principal Magistrate Liz Gicheha on Friday, February 9 when his case was mentioned.
The suspect’s lawyer requested the magistrate to release his client on bond terms, arguing Mr Aketch was the sole bread winner in his family, and that he wasn’t a flight risk.
The prosecution did not oppose the request to have Mr Aketch freed on bond.
Principal Magistrate Gicheha ordered Mr Aketch be released on a bond of Ksh100, 000 and a surety of a similar amount with an alternative of a Ksh50, 000 cash bail.
The case will be mentioned on February 12, when a hearing date will be set.
Aketch had on February 1 denied the charge of threatening to kill Mr Tuju.
Mr Aketch’s alleged threat to Mr Tuju was sent after the Jubilee Party Secretary General was nominated to the Cabinet as a secretary without a portfolio by President Uhuru Kenyatta on January 26.