Radical teacher jailed for 20 years wants court to set him free

Samwel Bwire Wanjala when he appeared before the court. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: A madrassa teacher serving 20 years imprisonment wants the high court to quash his sentence.

Samwel Bwire Wanjala was convicted in January 2016, after he was found guilty of radicalizing primary school pupils.

In his submission on Tuesday, he termed the sentence as unconstitutional.

He says the law which was used to convict him was amended in December 2014 while he was alleged to commit the offence in 2013.

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Wanjala through his lawyer Mbugua Murithi said most of the witness were aged between 9 and 14 years and hence did not know the meaning of an oath.

Murithi also said the evidence of the children about writings on his client’s t-shirt differs from that of police.

Bwire now says the evidence used to convict him was not clear,insufficient and asked court to acquit him.