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UPDATE: Boniface Mwangi arrested, charged with plotting ‘revolution’

Human rights activist Boniface Mwangi, who was arrested on Monday afternoon in Nairobi, is facing charges of organizing a ‘revolution likely to cause civil unrest’.

According to a written statement by the police at Central Police Station, where the controversial activist is being held, Mwangi is also facing charges of causing a breach of peace.

According to the statement, which has since been widely shared on social media, the activist has however declined give the police any information regarding the said charges.

The statement containing charges that arrested activist Boniface Mwangi is facing. PHOTO | COURTESY
The statement containing charges that arrested activist Boniface Mwangi is facing. PHOTO | COURTESY

ARRESTED

The activist broke the news of his arrest early on Monday afternoon on social media saying that the police had picked him up from his home and were driving him to the Central Police Station.

“I have been arrested by Directorate of Criminal Investigations – DCI from my house. We are headed to Central Police Station. I haven’t been told the reason for my arrest,” read his post.

The statement containing charges that arrested activist Boniface Mwangi is facing. PHOTO | COURTESY
The statement containing charges that arrested activist Boniface Mwangi is facing. PHOTO | COURTESY

‘CARELESSNESS’

A police officer privy to the arrest had earlier on told Nairobi News that Mr Mwangi had been arrested for being “careless.”

“He has been arrested for being careless, we shall reveal more later,” said the officer.

The last time Mr Mwangi was at Central Police Station was on April 30, when he led a group of activists in demanding for the release of fellow activist, Beatrice Waithera Maina, who had been arrested for leading a demonstration in the city center.