Danstan Omari among 10 lawyers in court to defend arrested Azimio leaders
City lawyer Danstan Omaari is among 10 lawyers present at Kahawa Law Courts to represent eight arrested Azimio la Umoja leaders who were arrested during the day-long opposition protests on Monday.
The leaders include Ugunja Member of parliament Opiyo Wandayi, and Senator Stewart Madzayo among other MPs.
According to the charge sheet read by Omari, the leaders are being charged with two counts of offenses.
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.
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