Reprieve for CS nominee Linturi as woman withdraws attempted rape case

Reprieve for CS nominee Linturi as woman withdraws attempted rape case

By Peter Ochieng

Cabinet Secretary (CS) nominee for Agriculture Mithika Linturi can finally breathe a sigh of relief after a woman who accused him of attempted rape, on Monday withdrew the charges against him.

The case was withdrawn after the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) informed Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi of the agreement details between Linturi and the woman.

Linturi, the former Meru Senator through his lawyer Muthoni Thiankolu informed the court that the woman had withdrawn the complaint, through an affidavit dated September 21, 2022.

The woman said she had willingly withdrawn the complaints against the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary in waiting, and that she had no intentions of bringing up the matter in the future.

Last year, Linturi then Meru Senator was arrested and charged for attempting to rape a 36-year-old woman. He allegedly entered the woman’s hotel room at around 3 am in Nanyuki and tried to force himself on her.

He was released on bond, before vying for the Meru County governor’s seat in August 2022 on President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party ticket.

He lost to Kawira Mwangaza, an independent candidate.

Last week, President Ruto nominated him CS for Agriculture.

His nomination was met with a sort of public outcry especially on social media, owing to the fact that he was facing an attempted rape case in court.

The withdrawal of the case comes as big relief to him.

Another cabinet nominee, Aishwa Jumwa is facing a murder case.

He was nominated for the position of CS, Public Service.

Last week, Azimio La Umoja One Kenya-aligned MPs were directed to reject the nomination of Jumwa and Linturi.

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