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Detained CORD lawmakers ask High Court to free them

They claim they had been denied access to water, food, their lawyers, spouses and relatives/FILE

They claim they had been denied access to water, food, their lawyers, spouses and relatives/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 15 – CORD lawmakers detained on Tuesday after facing hate speech charges have now moved to the High Court seeking to be freed on bail.

MPs Aisha Jumwa, Florence Mutua, Junet Mohammed, Timothy Bosire and Senator Johnson Muthama argue that there are no sufficient grounds to keep them behind bars.

Jumwa and Mutua further say they are mothers with young children, and have not even been allowed to change clothes since they were detained on Tuesday night.

They claim they had been denied access to water, food, their lawyers, spouses and relatives.

The lawmakers say the magistrate who detained them misapplied and improperly invoked the Constitution on the question as to whether there existed sufficient grounds to detain them pending investigations.

The MPs were ordered to be held until June 17 alongside Jubilee MPs Moses Kuria, Ferdinand Waititu and Kimani Ngunjiri who are also facing hate speech charges.

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