Two people charged with child theft alongside the wife of London-based preacher Gilbert Deya have appealed to a Nairobi court to reduce their bail terms.
Ugandan-born British national, Mrs Myriam Nyeko, and Mrs Rose Kiserem said yesterday that they had failed to raise the Sh1 million bond.
Through their lawyer Cliff Ombeta, they told Nairobi chief magistrate Aggrey Mchelule that they had been unable to see or talk to their children for the past two weeks. They have been in prisons custody for 14 days.
Mrs Mary Deya and the two co-accused have denied a charge of stealing a child named Naomi Deya.
Archbishop Deya is also charged with the theft of the same child from Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi.
Another couple – Mr Michael Odera and his wife, Eddah – have also denied child theft charges. They are accused of stealing Christopher Ihugo Mbugua from his mother, Ms Lucy Wamaitha Ondieki, at Njokerio Farm, Njoro, on January 21, 2000.
Only Mrs Deya was able to raise the bail and was freed.
State prosecutor Moses Odoyo had initially opposed the bail saying the accused were likely to abscond. He claimed that police were still investigating the matter, and more charges were likely to be preferred against the accused.
The case will be heard on September 20.