, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – The criminal case facing former Nairobi Mayor George Aladwa has stalled due to the promotion of the trial magistrate to a High Court judge.
When the matter came up Tuesday for a ruling on whether he has a case to answer over hate speech remarks, his lawyers protested over the manner the case is being handled.
Aladwa in company of his supporters said he has been denied justice despite attending court on several occasions whenever the matter is listed for hearing or mention.
The supporters who thronged the court as earlier as 8 am spent over six hours waiting along the corridors hoping their leader was to know his fate.
However the court was told trial magistrate Daniel Ogembo was not available.
They protested and marched from Milimani Law Courts to the Central Business District saying the court should speed up the hearing and determination of the case to allow Aladwa to concentrate in his political activities.
Aladwa had on October 31 asked the trial court to dismiss the hate speech case against him.
Aladwa argued that the matter should be thrown out on grounds that the charge sheet was defective.
Through his lawyer John Khaminwa, Aladwa said the charge sheet contains a police rubber stamp yet they were not allowed to prosecute.
The Nairobi ODM chairman was accused of uttering words indicating that some people would have to die for Cord leader Raila Odinga to be president.
He was arrested by Flying Squad officers on October 23, 2015 but later released on Sh3 million bond.[cresta-social-share]