Mombasa, KENYA:Drama ensued outside Mombasa Law courts on Tuesday after angry Youths allegedly allied to Kiambu Governor William Kabogo stopped a group of Kiambu legislators from addressing a press conference.
The MPs led by Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu, Alice Nganga , Kimani Ichung’wa , Paul Koinange and Jude Njomo; were in Mombasa in support of a blogger who was released after the court found no evidence to link him with defamatory publication against Kabogo.
Blogger Anthony Mburu alias Waime Mburu was arrested and charged on 8 January with three counts of defamatory publication on his Facebook page.
Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Alexander Muteti admitted that after going through the police file which was brought to his attention last week, he found that there was no evidence to sustain the charges.
Mombasa Senior Principal Magistrate Nicholas Njagi said the accused had been released to allow the prosecution gather evidence against him.
The leaders accused the governor of using youths to silence criticism and young politicians aspiring to contest for political seats in the county.
“The boy is a whistle blower of people who were importing low quality eggs and destroying poultry market in Kiambu and he should not be victimized. We will take all measures possible to stop that (import of eggs),” said Waititu.
Kiambu MP Jude Njomo said they had won the battle against the Governor’s dictatorship and thanked the DPP for seeing sense about the blogger’s predicament.
“We have won the battle against those behind the arrest of Mburu. They thought Mburu will die in jail but we have had our victory” said Njomo.
The youths who had donned t-shirts with the message “responsible blogging” confronted the legislators and stopped them from addressing the the press.
The MPs after Sensing danger, had to be sneaked out of the court premises by a police woman who offered them her car as the hostile crowd in front of the court waited for them.
Mburu was accused of posting that Kabogo had bought a 1000-acre parcel of land in Kwale and also claimed that the governor had established a Sea Cross Farm at the said land as a cover-up to import cheap and low-quality eggs into the country.