If jailed, Samuel Aboko Onkwani will rue the day he passed his opinion against president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Aboko was this week charged in a Kisii court in what sources claim was a last year reference to President Uhuru Kenyatta as a ‘bhang smoker’ – a common joke people often spew owing to the president’s red eyeballs. The Kiogoro Ward representative Samuel Aboko Onkwani was charged with uttering offensive words against the President.
He was charged with undermining the authority of a public officer contrary to Section 132 of the Penal Code.
Before Principal Magistrate Kibet Sambu, the court heard that the words uttered by Mr Aboko were calculated to bring into contempt the lawful authority of Mr Kenyatta who is a public officer, namely the President of the Republic of Kenya.
The accused, who was represented by advocates Gideon Nyambati and Isaiah Mosota, denied the charges.
His lawyers asked the court to release him on a reasonable bond.
They also sought to be supplied with witness statements and recordings intended to be used as evidence to the claims.
â€œMy Lord we pray that this court releases our client on a reasonable bond, we also ask that we be supplied with witness statements,â€ said Mr Nyambati.
The prosecution said that it was not possible to supply the defence with the said documents because the investigating officer had not supplied the same to the court.
The court ordered that the accused person be released on a Sh50, 000 bond and a surety of a similar amount or a cash bail of Sh20, 000.
The case will come up for mention on May 14, 2014 and hearing will commence on June 3, 2014.