8 Azimio politicians arrested during Monday’s demos released on KES 50,000 bail each
All eight Azimio Politicians who were arrested during Monday, March 20 demonstrations have been released on a cash bail of KES 50,000 each.
The case will be mentioned on April 3.
The politicians are facing two charges for participating in the Monday demonstrations.
The leaders include Ugunja Member of parliament Opiyo Wandayi, and Senator Stewart Madzayo among other MPs and two Machakos MCAs.
According to the charge sheet read by their lead lawyer Dunstan Omari, the leaders are being charged with two counts of offenses.
In the first charge, they are accused of participating in an illegal demonstration against Section 78:1 and section 79 of the Penal Code.
In the second charge, the leaders are accused of participating in the breaking of a vehicle’s mirror, Number plate KAZ 969B Voxwagon Passat which is estimated to cost KES 1.1 million belonging to one Joyce Nyambura.
MP Opiyo Wandayi, and Senator Stewart Madzayo were among the leaders who were arrested as they tried to gain access to the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) to await other Azimio la Umoja leaders for the start of the demonstrations.
They were met with a heavy security presence that had been deployed in the area. They were arrested separately, boarded into police Land Cruisers and taken to a Central Police station.
Others leaders who were arrested include MPs Amina Mnyazi and Ken Chonga.
Their arrest sparked outrage among fellow MPs and supporters of the Azimio la Umoja movement. Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina condemned the arrest and said it was a violation of the constitutional right to peaceful assembly.