26 October 2012

Kenya: Four Top MRC Leaders Freed, Charged Afresh

FOUR Mombasa Republican Council leaders were yesterday released on a Sh1 million bond each in a case that saw them charged afresh for belonging to an illegal society.

Chairman Omar Mwamnwadzi, secretary general Hamza Randu, spokeman Mohamed Rashid Mraja and treasurer Omar Suleiman Babu alias Bam Bam had warrants of arrest issued against them by Mombasa chief magistrate Stephen Riech for being members of an illegal society.

Riech issued the arrest warrants after a successful application by prosecutor Alex Wesike last week. They were charged that with being members of an unregistered organisation between the 2005 and October 18 within the Coast region.

The four, who had denied the charges before principal magistrate Richard Odenyo, had successfully applied to be released on bond through lawyer Ananiah Mwaboza.

"Your honour we pray that my clients are released on bond since the charges they are facing are bailable," said the former Kisauni MP. Mwaboza also sought to be supplied with all the documentary evidence that the prosecution will use in the trial.

Mwamnwadzi, Randu and Mraja are still in remand after failing to raise bonds for their previous cases that include several counts of incitement.

Mwamnwadzi, who is facing several counts of possessing firearms and ammunitions was released on a Sh3 million bond. He was unable to raise the bond and is still remanded at Shimo la Tewa.

Mraja and Randu had their bond reduced to Sh1.5million from Sh2 million, but are still remanded at Shimo la Tewa prison after they failed to raise the bond. Their case will be heard on December 28.

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