Officials from Nairobi City County Workers Union have been charged in a Nairobi court.
The two are accused of demanding a Sh200, 000 to assist a colleague to be included in a demand for delayed September 2017 salary.
Benson Olianga Oriaro, the union’s Secretary General and his deputy John Benard Murioki, appeared before the anti Corruption court where they denied the charge.
According to the prosecutor, the two committed the offence on October 16 and 17 2017 at Nairobi County.
However, the accused lawyer Mr Bryan Otieno asked CM Douglas Ogoti to order the prosecution to provide them with witness statements to prepare for trial.
The City Hall Workers Union were going on strike demanding Governor Mike Sonko to pay them a Sh18 billion debt the county owes them in unpaid statutory deductions and September 2017 salary.
Defence application to have the matter withdrawn was opposed by state prosecutor, saying the matter was of public interest since it affect economy of the country.
The prosecutor said that the county government has no authority to withdraw corruption charges against the accused persons adding that only the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has the mandate to drop any charges against them.
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