The sentencing of Allan Wadi under NCIC Act becomes the first ‘successful’ case under which the 2008 act has been applied to put a citizen behind bars. However, doubts continue to emerge whether the jailed blogger, Alan Wadi, pleaded guilty to the offence or he was coerced by a notorious investigating officer attached to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.
When this writer contacted a source who accompanied blogger Dikembe Disembe when he was charged in court, he revealed that Mr George Mabera, a police officer attached to NCIC, coerced Dikembe to give false statement the official had prepared.
At gunpoint, Dikembe who had opted to remain silent as provided for in the statement had to sign the written statement and another as dictated by Mabera, which clearly contravened natural justice.
Like Wadi, Dikembe was also detained, albeit temporary, and it took the intervention of a lawyer, a Mr Dennis Onyango, to have him released.
The circumstances under which Alan Wadi was charged points to a choreographed judicio-police process laced with secrecy and arbitrariness as only state house operatives knew when, where and how he was arrested. Â Coincidentally, despite being arrested in Busia, Wadi was transported to Nairobi, booked at Muthaiga police station (Where blogger Robert Alai was also recently booked) and secretly presented to court without any information leaking. It was until he was sentenced to two years that a journalist on standby finally ‘leaked’ the information.
It was state house blogger Dennis Itumbi who first revealed that Alan Wadi had been arrested. It is a well-known state house allied journalist who also revealed he had been charged and awaiting sentencing, and, when it occurred, revealed it on his social media handle. Increasingly, several people are being charged for undermining a ‘public officer’ in the name of the President, charges which are allegedly being pursued by junior state house officials sometimes without the knowledge of the president.
While it is not yet clear whether Wadi really pleaded guilty, the presence of Mabera, well-known for witness coercion, substantially puts to doubt the process of charging Mr. Wadi.
Wadi, who is a former student of Starehe Boys centre and was finalising undergraduate at Moi University will know his fate after 14 days as his former schoolmates intend to appeal the verdict, citing the manner in which it was done among others.