Baringo County’s chief officer in charge of Health Dr Gideon Toromo has been charged for allegedly threatening to kill the county’s payroll manager.
Toromo was arraigned at the Kabarnet Law Courts on Thursday, December 17 after he allegedly threatened to assault and kill Francis Kinibei Ayebei.
He was arrested and taken to Kabarnet Police Station on Wednesday, December 16.
According to the court documents, the county officer on November 25, 2020 at the County Governor’s office in Kabarnet, without lawful excuse, uttered words “Ayabei leo nitakumaliza”.
The remarks were interpreted as a threat to kill the devolved unit’s payroll manager.
Toromo reportedly stormed the county human resource offices and caused a stir when he drew his sword after one of the workers allegedly insulted him.
He told police that he had gone to the county offices to look for a member of staff who owed him money totaling to Ksh100, 000 and had refused to pay for two years.
“One of the officers called me stupid and I had to draw my sword,” he said.
According to witnesses, the county official has been boasting that he has killed before and warns people to be careful.
He has since declared his interest in the Senatorial seat come 2022.
The suspect was also charged with a second count of causing bodily harm, contrary to section 251 of the Penal Code.
He denied the charges and was released on Ksh70,000 bond and cash bail of Ksh50,000.
Hearing of the case to be on January 17, 2021.
This is not the first time the doctor is facing such charges. He allegedly shot and killed Daniel Waweru Karanja, a teacher at Nakuru Day Secondary School, on March 31, 2010 using poisoned arrows.
He however escaped imprisonment after the Director of Public Prosecution terminated the case following an out-of-court settlement deal with the deceased family.
A psychiatric report indicated that he committed the offence while mentally unsound.
According to the medical report, Toromo suffers from poorly controlled chronic psychiatric disorder (paranoid schizophrenia).
This disorder is characterized by delusion of persecution and such patients are typically tense, suspicious, hostile or aggressive