Blogger Alai charged with undermining Uhuru

December 17, 2014 11:30 am
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Senator James Orengo, the counsel for the accused urged the presiding magistrate to hasten the case since the prosecution had shown delaying tactics/FILE
Senator James Orengo, the counsel for the accused urged the presiding magistrate to hasten the case since the prosecution had shown delaying tactics/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17- Controversial blogger Robert Alai was Wednesday arraigned before a Kiambu Court and charged with undermining the authority President Uhuru Kenyatta contrary to Section 132 of the Penal Code.

He is accused posting the following comment on Twitter: “Insulting Raila is what Uhuru can do. He hasn’t realised the value of Presidency. Adolescent President.”

The prosecution contends the publication was calculated to bring contempt to the lawful authority of the President of the Republic of Kenya.

However Alai who appeared before Kiambu Principal Magistrate Diana Muchechu denied the charge and was released on a cash bail of Sh200,000 or a surety bond of Sh300,000.

He was also warned against posting any material regarding the subject in social media platforms.

Senator James Orengo who acted for Alai urged the magistrate to hasten the case since the prosecution had shown delaying tactics.

Orengo also opposed an application by the State to have the accused denied bail until the case is heard and determined.

The case will be heard on December 31.

The State Counsel had in an affidavit alleged that Alai is likely to repeat the same offence if released on bond as has similar pending cases.

The prosecution said that the investigations are still under way and there is likelihood that more charges will be preferred against Alai.

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