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More than 70 charged with unlawful procession during Azimio protests

More than 70 supporters people who were arrested in Nairobi during Monday protests have been charged at the Makadara Law Courts with taking part in unlawful processions.

Five of them were jailed for a period of 30 days with an option of paying a fine of Sh500 after they pleaded guilty to the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Kyambia.

Majority of the accused persons denied the charges and were released them on a bond of Sh2,000 with a surety of similar amount and an alternative cash bail of Sh1,000. The cases will be mentioned on April 12, 2023.

Most of the suspected rioters were arrested in Mathare slums, Ruaraka, Kariobangi and Huruma. They included minors caught up in the protests.

Pictures:1 Allan Makosi, Derrick Mwangi and Derrick Otieno at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi on March 28, 2023. PHOTO | JOSEPH NDUNDA

Mr Kyambia ordered all the minors to be taken to Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital for age assessment to determine their age before they are charged. They will be held in respective police stations until the exercise is concluded.

Three other accused persons Allan Makosi, Derrick Mwangi and Derrick Otieno were charged with taking part in unlawful public processions in the Mlango Kubwa area within Starehe Sub County. They admitted the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Agnes Mwangi.

The three were arrested for taking part in an unlawful procession. Ms Mwangi remanded them in custody until April 13, 2023 when the prosecution will avail facts of the case against them, before they are sentenced.

Two others who denied the charges before Ms Mwangi were freed on a bond of Sh200,000. They will return to court next month. In all the cases, the prosecution has lined up police officers as the only witnesses.

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