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City lawyer Harun Ndubi charged with traffic offence after road drama

Human rights lawyer Harun Ndubi was on Monday was charged with failing to comply with police  instructions and causing obstruction.

He was arraigned in a Nairobi Court where he denied the charge and released on a cash bail of sh30,000.

Police had earlier said that Mr Ndubi was arrested Sunday night for driving while drunk.

But the human rights activist claimed he was drugged and arrested while in critical condition.

Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome however disputed the claim. He told the Nation on Monday that Mr Ndubi was arrested at 8.45pm on Jakaya Kikwete Road.

“He parked the vehicle in the middle of the road…he slept in the vehicle…[he was] very drunk,” Mr Koome said.

“He was arrested. He is in custody, and he is going to court this morning for driving under the influence of alcohol.”

On Sunday night, activist Alamin Kimathi tweeted that Mr Ndubi was drugged near State House and police arrested him “instead of taking him to hospital”.

He said the lawyer was “in critical condition at Kileleshwa Police Station”.

Mr Koome did not confirm in which police station the lawyer was being held, but maintained the lawyer was not drugged.

He added that Mr Ndubi was conscious.