Four Kabonokia stunt followers including 1 minor were today arraigned in Marimanti law courts and charged with failure to wear face masks while in public places.
The court heard that Gerald Mwathi Njagi, Bernard Mutugi Nyaga, Kajuju Mutiria and her daughter Roda Muthoni Mutiria aged 14 years were on 6th January 2020 found by security officers while at Kathanga primary school in Maragwa location, Tharaka North Sub County without masks which is against the Covid-19 protocols.
Appearing before Marimanti Senior Resident Magistrate S.M Nyaga, the accused said wearing of masks contravenes their religion provisions since their God does not allow use of masks and hence they are not ready to use them.
The three adults were fined each Sh 20,000 or 3 months imprisonment while the 14 year old Roda Muthoni Mutiria was sent to Meru Juvenile remand home where she will be remanded till 25th of January 2020.The magistrate also ordered for Covid-19 test to be carried on the minor to ascertain if she has been infected with the virus as a result of the exposure.
Gerald Mwathi Nyaga, Bernard Mutugi Nyaga and Kajuju Mutiria were taken to Embu prison to serve their jail terms in case they fail to raise the fines.