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Korogocho MCA In Court Over Hate Speech



Korogocho MCA In Court Over Hate Speech

The Director of Criminal Investigation has asked the court to grant them 7 days to detain Korogocho MCA.

In an application filed before Milimani Law Courts, the DCI through investigating officer Sergeant Francis Mwita wants to continue holding Absalom Odhiambo until investigations are concluded.

The MCA is alleged to have uttered words which according to the police are; likely to cause violence or destabilize the Nation.

He is alleged to have uttered the alleged inciting words during the Azimio Rally over the weekend.

“The applicant’s advanced investigations have revealed that the respondent is a habitual character who wants to cause havoc of the Nation through his followers both from public address and social media,” court was told

They argue that they need seven days so as to retrieve any possible inciting, messages from his phone and record statements for the state to enhance evidence for the prosecution.

The court was further told that he is a flight risk.

The defence lawyers led by Danstan Omari and Sam Nyaberi Vehemently opposed the DCI application saying there are no compelling reasons availed by the state to warrant the further detention of the MCA.

“It will be a violation of his constitutional rights that the state is seeking to detain the MCA on allegations that there are other people he is working with. He holds a high office being an MCA. He can not turn away from the wheels of Justice,” lawyer Nyaberi stated. 

On his side, Omari stated that the arrest and the intended prosecution of the MCA are politically instigated. 

“Today marks the first day when the current regime has abused it power. We urged the court to resist the invitation to be used by the politician for politics, ” Omari stated

“We call up the judiciary to be firm. We urged this court to be independent and to be fair. Let us not use the court to settle political scores We urged the court to therefore release on unconditional bail pend,” stated Lawyer Omari stated.