8 Parliament protestors charged over ‘unlawful assembly’

December 19, 2014 2:52 pm
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Energy and Petroleum Permanent Secretary Joseph Njoroge says this will be due to the expected huge drop in the cost of connectivity from the average Sh35,000 especially in the rural areas via the project/FILE
Energy and Petroleum Permanent Secretary Joseph Njoroge says this will be due to the expected huge drop in the cost of connectivity from the average Sh35,000 especially in the rural areas via the project/FILE
NAIROBI Kenya, Dec 19 – Eight demonstrators were on Friday released on Sh300,000 surety bonds each after they were accused of taking part in unlawful protest along Parliament Road on Thursday.

They are accused of illegally protesting when Members of Parliament were debating the Security Laws (Amendment) law.

The eight were arrested by anti-riot police after chaos broke out both in and out of the National Assembly during the heated debate on the security laws.

Wilfred Olala, John Koome Kamengo, Dennis Ouma, Francis Sakwa, Gacheke Gachihi, Dennis Okota Oyule, Kennedy Mbae and Ersphards Okello appeared before acting Resident Magistrate Miriam Mugure and denied two counts of incitement to violence and taking part in unlawful assembly.

Inside Parliament, CORD Senators Johnston Muthama, Moses Wetangula, James Orengo, Janet Ong’era and Judith Sijeny engaged physically with the Jubilee counterparts.

In the clash, Muthama’s clothes were torn after the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi ordered they be removed from the public gallery.

The Bill was later passed with all the amendment brought by the committees on National Security, Justice and Legal Affairs amidst shouting and heckling by the Opposition in a desperate bid to stop the process.

The suspects’ lawyer Mbugua Mureithi pleaded with the court for lenient bond terms saying they were mere suspects.

“The accused were beaten and molested when they were being arrested and in custody,” he stated.

The trial magistrate directed that the accused persons be examined by a government doctor and the medical report tabled in court.

The case will be mention on January 2, 2015 for further directions.

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