On Tuesday 8th Nov, Jeremiah Otieno the accused appeared in Kibera court before Principal Magistrate Phillip Mutua, where he pled guilty to the allegations against him.
For initiating a project in Nairobi with no environmental assessment license, he was given a term of five months in jail or pay a fine of Ksh50,000.
According to the complain filed against him, he committed the act of crime in afternoon on September 30th.
Evidence presented before the court indicated that Otieno began the demolition and building prior to receiving a license from Nema that would have required them to do an environmental impact evaluation.
The National Environmental Act, including sections 58(1) and 144, prohibits such conduct unless assertained by the nema.
Together with others who were not in court during the hearing, he was the incharge of the Kitusuru plot No.17/261 in Westland’s subcounty of Nairobi.
It was discovered that environmental agents Jimmy Owiti and another were performing normal operations along Kitisuru road when they detained caught Otieno in action.
A report was made to police, and the offender was subsequently arraigned in Kibra court.
He asked the judge to show some compassion because he was an upstanding citizen and not a criminal.
If he fails to pay Ksh30,000 on first account and Ksh30,000in the second account, he will receive a three-month prison term for the first count and a two-month term for the second count respectively.