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Activist Okiya Omtata arrested

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Police have arrested activist Okiya Omtatah over claims that he failed to appear in court for hearing of a criminal case against him.

Chief magistrate Francis Andayi ordered for Omtatah’s arrest in a case in which he is charged alongside other 32 protesters.

The 33 were arrested in June 2011 for locking up the offices of former Education Minister Sam Ongeri, over the theft of some Sh4.8 billion Free Primary Education Funds.

In a statement, Omtatah says his absentia from the court happened after the magistrate failed to turn up by 10.00 am.

He claims he informed the prosecutor that he had gone to attend to another matter at the High Court.

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