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Life sentence for taking oath illegally

26 February 2013, 13:07 Alloys Musyoka

A Malindi court has sentenced a 30 year old man alleged to be a member of the MRC secessionist group to life sentence after finding him guilty of taking an oath against the law.

The accused John Kalama Chea appeared before chief Magistrate Nathan Shiundu and pleaded guilty to the allegations.

Caught taking oath to join MRC

He was charged that on February 2, 2013 at Dabaso village in Malindi district together with others before the court were found  preparing to take an oath to join a criminal group.

Chief inspector Paul Nyamai told the court that police were informed about the suspects after which they carried out an ambush, arresting the accused and nine others.

The court heard that the suspects were then taken to Malindi police station before they were arraigned in court.

During the first hearing of his case, Chea denied the charges but pleaded guilty the second time he appeared in court.

He however urged the court to forgive him since he was too young and had a wife and three children.

Defected from MRC and already a registered voter

He confirmed that he was taking an oath when he was arrested, adding that he has been indeed a member of MRC but defected and registered as a voter ready to participate in the general election.

"I pray that the court have mercy on me during its judgement and if possible free me so that I can participate in the election and also take care of my family which depends on me.  I promise that I will be a good citizen outside there," he appealed.

The chief magistrate in his ruling indicated that he had heard the mitigation of the accused, but observed that the offense committed was too grave.

The accused was sentenced to life imprisonment, but the court gave him fourteen days to appeal against the sentence.

The nine other suspects who were arrested together with him denied the charges and were remanded at Mtangani GK prison until 26/3/2013 when their case will be heard.

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