Blogger in court over controversial Facebook posts
21 March 2016, 13:33
Nyeri - A Nyeri blogger has been arraigned in court for posting annoying messages on Facebook.
Martha Wanjiru Miano appeared before Principal Magistrate Desiderius Orimba where she denied all the charges.
The court heard that Miano, 25, posted an update on Facebook alleging that Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s brother, Rigathi Gachagua had hijacked Mathira water community project by procuring and financing goons and a local MCA.
She allegedly committed the offence on December 29, 2015 at an unknown place in Kenya.
In the second count, she was charged for referring to Rigathi as ‘a gun for hire and a political broker’.
She had alleged that Rigathi was sabotaging development projects in Mathira constituency.
The court further heard that Miano posted a message indicating that the Governor’s brother was ‘known for dirty politics’.
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She had alleged that Rigathi was dishing out coffee farmers' money to residents.
She committed the second and third offences on December 30, 2015.
In the fourth count, the court heard that the accused person posted a statement alleging that the complainant, Rigathi, was inciting locals and buying them alcohol.
The court was told that she committed the offence on January 7, 2016.
The prosecution said the accused made the statements knowing they were false and intended to annoy the complainant.
However, through lawyer Irungu Kang’ata who is Kiharu MP, the accused prayed to be released on bond saying that the offence was a misdemeanor and had cooperated with police.
Miano was arrested on Saturday by Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) officers in Karatina town.
Kang’ata said the accused was a mother of one and would not jump bail.
The court released her on a KES 300,000 bond or a cash bail of KES 100,000.
The case will be heard on May 9, this year with a mention on April 4.
Kang’ata asked court to take judicial notice that the accused had been arrested early this month and a magistrate’s court found the charges erroneous.
He said the accused has suffered enough.
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