Reprieve for Speaker Mbilu as case is thrown out

A case filed against Makueni county speaker Douglas Mbilu for organizing Azimio demonstrations has been thrown out. The case was before Makindu Law Courts Senior Resident Magistrate Mourwen Kibe.

His lawyer Dennis Mungata told the press that the case flopped because the prosecution lacked enough evidence to continue with the case.

“The DPP could not find enough evidence to continue with the case against the speaker and requested the court to do away with the case. Because the speaker also wants to go back to his work uninterrupted he saw it wise and agreed,” said Mungata.

While speaking Mbilu said that it was the common Mwananchi protesting against the government of the day but the government chose to arrest him.

“Mama Mboga and bodaboda guys were the ones on the road protesting against the Kenya Kwanza government, we were only voicing their concerns. It is in the constitution that Kenyans have a right to picket but it is sad that they get arrested and locked up to be silenced,” Mbilu said.

Mbilu had been charged with organizing and engaging in anti-government riots in the county that led to the death of two people and scores injured.

The demos were to protest the high cost of living and push the reconstruction of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. 

The speaker had been released on a sh.70,000 cash bail after denying the charges on 8th August 2023.

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