Popular Kenya singer Charles Njagua Kanyi, popularly known as Jaguar, was arraigned in court on Monday, April 10, to answer to charges of careless driving that led to the death of two people.
Casually clad in a blue hooded sweatshirt, black faded jeans and black snickers, the musician who is eyeing the Starehe parliamentary seat under a Jubilee Party ticket, was taken to a Baricho court in Kirinyaga county, under heavy security.
Soon after word went round that the famous musician was around, a multitude of fans and curious public thronged the court just to see the singer who is famed for hits such as ‘Kigeugeu’, ‘Kioo’, ‘Kipepeo’ and ‘Huu Mwaka’ among others. Prison warders and security officers had a tough time controlling residents who milled outside the tiny courtroom.
Not keen to have his picture taken by journalists, the singer who was accompanied by the youthful politician and former television personality known by his moniker ‘Mongolo’, used his hood to cover his face.
The court was told how last month on the 21st, along the Makutano-Sagana road in Kirinyaga county, Jaguar caused the deaths of boda boda rider Peter Mugo and his passenger Sinfolian Maingi.
The musician who is now ruling the charts with his continental hit ‘Warrior’ featuring Ghananian artiste EL, denied the charges and asked the court to release him on bond.
The singer wasn’t represented by a lawyer and argued that the charges he was facing are bailable and so the court should consider it.
Senior principal magistrate Evans Kiago released him on a Sh50,000 bail until June 26, when his case will be heard.
The court was told how Jaguar, who was driving to the capital from Nyeri, lost control of his luxurious SUV and knocked down the rider and his passenger. The two died on the spot.
Authorities rushed to the scene and started investigations even as pictures of the wrecked Range Rover Sport with the registration plates KCB 808J, were shared widely on social media.
The vehicle was reportedly towed to the Sagana police station and detained for inspection before it was released.
Later, amid huge public outcry, Jaguar was picked up for questioning and charged with a traffic offence.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko ordered a thorough probe into the incident after witnesses said that a woman, and not Jaguar, was behind the wheels when the accident happened.