Man who donated Hummer to Raila heads to court for money laundering charges
A 41 year-old flamboyant Nairobi businessman who has spent six years in a Tanzanian jail without proper trial is expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.
Mr Don Bosco Gichana was first arrested on March 29, 2013 at the Namanga border point on his way back to Kenyan after visiting lawyer Median Mwale who was being detained an Arusha Central police station over various charges, among them money laundering.
Since then, Mr Gichana has been used to being acquitted only to be re-arrested outside the court’s precincts for the same charges.
On Sunday, he posted a tweet asking for prayers as he heads to court.
“It is my time. May God be my shield. Your support and prayers are my compatriots in this war. We shall win,” he tweeted.
His lawyers, friends and supporters have been calling for his release, terming his detention as unfair and the charges against him a sham.
Mr Gichana first hit the headlines ahead of the 2007 elections when he reportedly bought then opposition leader Raila Odinga a Hummer.
In 2013, he switched camps and campaigned for President Uhuru Kenyatta who won the elections. In the same year he also contested for the Kitutu Chache South seat but lost to Mr Richard Onyonka.
He was arrested 25 days after the election.
Twitter users by Sunday evening started a trending hashtag #EyesOnTzJudiciary to pressure for his release.
Here are some of the reactions.
@celestinedavid1; “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. #Justice4DonBosco#EyesOnTzJudiciary.”
@LlyodWagoro; “Haki itendeke #EyesOnTzJudiciary.”
@UkambaPOLITICS; “May he get justice. #EyesOnTzJudiciary.”