The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has dropped the charges against six political leaders accused of leading the Azimio la Umoja Kenya Declaration coalition protests.
The prosecutor asked for the six people to be released from the charges to allow “peace between the accused and the government”.
The six include Ugunja MP James Opiyo Wandayi, Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo, Kilifi South MP Richard Chonga, Malindi MP Amina Laura Mnyazi, George Yogo Obure and Esther Oromi.
“We want to dismiss the case under section 87A of the Penal Code to create an environment to bring peace between the accused and the government. I request that the case be dismissed,” the DPP said.
After releasing the six, Chief Magistrate of the Coffee Court Boaz Ombewa ordered that their cash bail be returned.
“I have considered the government’s request for the removal of the six defendants under Article 87A, and I release them,” Judge Ombewa said.
Lawyer Omari involves the DPP
Defense lawyer Dunstan Omari blamed the DPP for using a “non-existent” clause to prosecute the six, saying the case could not last.
“The case that has been opened in court would not stand, we believe that the Parliament should work quickly and highlight the article so that the Government will not be embarrassed by relying on an article that does not exist, the Government should improve on the amendment of the law. ,” Omari said.
The six were accused of organizing an illegal gathering, and also damaging a Ksh 1.1 million Volkswagen Passat belonging to Joyce Nyambura.