#Occupyparliament protestors freed
The #Occupyparliament protestors were on Tuesday released on bond despite a pending application by their lawyer Mbugua Mureithi along with Cord lawyers James Orengo and Daniel Maanzo for cash bail.
On Tuesday morning the lawyers appeared before High Court Judge Jessie Lessit and made a revision application for the accused to be granted a cash bail.
The judge was to go through the court records then deliver a ruling on the matter but in the afternoon. The lower court released the eight after the surety bond was met.
Lawyer Mbugua told Nairobi News that he will consider withdrawing the application though he would consult and make a decision on Wednesday morning.
The eight who were arrested during last week’s protests along Parliament Road as Parliament debated the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill will now be freed after a bond of Sh300, 000 each was deposited at Post Bank.
A man who appeared before senior principal magistrate Enock Cherono to certify that he had deposited the required amount alluded to being aware of the fact that the eight will be expected to appear in court during mentions and hearing.
He was informed by the prosecutor of the terms under which the deposited amount will be forfeited and he agreed to the terms.
The eight activists said to be from Bunge la Mwananchi; Wilfred Olala, John Koome Kamengo, Dennis Ouma, Francis Sakwa, Gacheke Gachihi, Dennis Okota Oyule, Kennedy Mbae and Ersphards Okello appeared before magistrate Miriam Mugure on December 19 and pleaded not guilty to the charges of participating in unlawful protests.
They were to be released on a bond of Sh300, 000 each with surety with no option of a cash bail.
Activist Boniface Mwangi on the same day posted a letter addressed to the Cord on his Facebook page urging them to aid in having the eight released as they were participating in a protest organised by the coalition.
On Tuesday, Mwangi attended the court proceedings where the two Cord lawyers were applying for cash bail and later attended the proceedings where the magistrate ordered for the eight to be released after the bond requirements were met.