Court postpones election offence charges against Omar Mwinyi

Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi PHOTO: FILE

Mombasa,KENYA:Mombasa court on Monday postponed charges against Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi to 8th May, 2017

Mr. Mwinyi had made an application seeking court to stop  the  DPP from charging him.

Through his lawyer Jared Magolo,he said that the issue was to be addresed  by the ODM party disciplinary committee.

Mwinyi is alleged to have  interfered with election material contrary to section 13 (d) of the election offences act no. 37 of 2017.

According to the charge sheet seen by Baraka Fm, Mr.Mwinyi is alleged  to have  committed the offences on 22nd April, 2017 at Mwindani social hall Changamwe in Mombasa.

He might also be charged with obstructing election officers, who are an  ODM party presiding officer and a police officer from executing their duties during  the primaries.

Mombasa chief magistrate Ericka Makori said the election charges against the MP were new in the constitution and directed the  DPP to consult before proceeding with a case.

“It is hard to determine whether party primary offences fall under election amendment act”said Makori.

He also directed the  ODM  party to try solving the dispute before all the  parties appear again in court on the 8th May,2017.

Mwinyi was arrested on Saturday and detained at port police station before released on a police bond of Sh.20,000