- The 73 demonstrators spent the weekend in police cells after being arrested in various location with Nairobi
- The alleged protesters were set to take plea before Milimani Law Courts and where represented by notable lawyers among them Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo, Senator Malonza and Dr John Khaminwa among other
Azimio protesters arrested during Friday’s Saba saba protests have been released after being arrested during anti-government demonstrations in Nairobi.
The 73 demonstrators spent the weekend in police cells after being arrested in various location with Nairobi.
The protests were organised by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga at historic Kamukunji grounds. He then subsequently instructed his supporters to match to CBD, but the areas were sealed off by police.
Those who had begun assembling near the City Hall and other key government establishments such as Parliament buildings were tear-gassed and some arrested and whisked away in police trucks.
The alleged protesters were set to take plea before Milimani Law Courts and where represented by notable lawyers among them Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Amollo, Senator Dan Maanzo and Dr. John Khaminwa among others.
Before the suspects were brought before court from police cells, lawyer Otiende Amollo stood and informed the court that he had received instructions from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions that the suspects would not be charged.
“Your honour I have received a call that the suspects shall not be charged, as anticipated therefore I would like to request the court to release them,” Otiende Amollo told court.
Addressing the journalists outside court Dr. Khaminwa said accused the government of illegally holding protesters who were showing their displeasure with the government in deplorable condition for more than constitutional 24 hours.
“The government must refrain from acting in contravention of the constitution, I personally went to cell were the protesters were detained but I can confirm that the condition was not safe,” lawyer Khaminwa said.
By Rodgers Oduor