Governor Kivutha Kibwana testified against a shooting case where six people were injured on Thursday at Makueni law courts.
Six were injured during a gun drama at the County Assembly on 23rd September 2014.
Four administration officers including the assembly speaker Stephen Ngelu’s body guard John Muthoka, Francis Daido attached to the majority leader Francis Mutuku were as well arraigned to court for allegedly having shot and wounded the six.
Governor Kibwana told the packed court that he had gone to the assembly following an invitation published in local dailies as well as on vernacular stations inviting all county leaders to a meeting at the assembly premises.
He further said that Upon arriving at the assembly’s main gate,He pleaded with those who were manning it to open for him so as he could attend the meeting.
‘’The smaller gate which was inside was as well closed but tried asking a Mr. Brian Mutua, one of the assembly sergeant at arms to open it, but before he could open for me, I saw him go down with a shot.” Kibwana told the court.
‘’ I was pulled aside and out of the shooting scene by my two security details under a hail of bullets and was lucky not to have been shot at. Kibwana said.
Kibwana as well told the court that that he heard the assembly majority leader Francis Mutuku,who was like six metres away from him shout in Kamba dialect “Kala kamundu nikaaya athai, (That small man is here, shoot him),” before several gun shots were heard in the air.
Governor Kibwana also said that the Mcas,Members of parliament and the senator except for the county mp Rose Museo who had earlier met at Mombasa where they discussed his impeachment.
Asked by lawyer for the accused Mr. Morris Mulei whether if he was aware of political tensions between his executive and the assembly before the incident, Kibwana said since he became governor, his relation with the assembly has been up and down.
According to earlier charges, the Speaker’s body guard John Muthoka is accused of unlawful possession of extra rounds of 9mm ammunition.
Doctor Emmanuel Laiposha, the lead surgeon who looked after those injured told the court that two 9mm bullets were recovered from Brian Mutua’s abdomen and that he only survived death by a whisker.
Governor Kibwana has always painted the gun drama as a plan that had been formulated to eliminate him by his political enemies keen on taking power through the back door.
Hearing of the case will continue on 29th may 2017.