Orengo helps secure blogger Robert Alai's release
17 December 2014, 14:36
Nairobi - Blogger Robert Alai has been released on bail after being charged in a court for allegedly insulting president Uhuru Kenyatta.
The blogger was detained Tuesday at the Muthaiga Police Station for apparently insulting the president by mocking his activities in Kibera slum over the Jamhuri Day holiday.
He apparently likened the activities to a kids game called 'kalongolongo', kids activities in sheng.
He was charged at a Kiambu court Wednesday for insulting a public official and released on a bail of KES 200,000.
He was represented in court by Siaya Senator James Orengo who argued that his case was bailable.
" His case is bailable my honour. There is nothing here that would force the authorities to hold my client for the seven day period that has been requested," he argued.
The controversial Alai through a text message to media houses Tuesday, claimed
that he had been detained by CID director Ndegwa Muhoro for apparently
posting president Uhuru Kenyatta's contacts online.
apparently mocked the ongoing renovation and building work in Kibera by
the government by calling it 'Kolongolo' a kids game in the urban slang
He also claimed that despite his arrest, there had been no court that wanted to admit his case since there was no complainant.
I am being detained at Muthaiga Police station for saying that what
president Uhuru Kenyatta is doing in Kibera is Kalongolo. This is the
Kenya we want? Where is the freedom of expression? Kiambu court has
refused to admit my case since there is no complainant. Why is the
government doing this, he said in the message.
Alai is a well known critic of the Jubilee government, often taking up stands against the regime on various matters.
to the CID in Muthaiga went unheeded when News24 tried to verify the
story, though a police source confirmed that Alai was indeed being
detained at the station, though the kind of charge he had been locked up
with could not be verified.
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