The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kiambu Judge Sets Activist Free

A Kiambu court yesterday freed a human rights activist who had been unlawfully arrested by the Kiambu traffic boss. The court heard that Paul Kamau was arrested yesterday morning by Gabriel Mulei after he went to inquire about witness statements that the court had instructed the commander to give him.

Kamau was taken to court where he learnt that he had been charged with driving an unroadworthy car. His lawyer EW Kamuyu told Kiambu magistrate Walter Onchuru that Kamau's car was being driven by Bernard Njonge who refused to give two traffic officers a bribe.He said the officers smashed the car's windscreen with their clubs.

Kamuyu said Njonge reported the matter to the police but was instead arrested and taken to court where two files with the same offence were produced.

Kamau wrote to the police oversight committee to look into the matter and investigate the conduct of the two officers; constables Langat and Diege and Mulei for damaging his car and unlawfully withholding information concerning the matter after they declined to honour two court orders. Onchuru questioned why two people were charged with the same offence.

He discharged Kamau and ordered the prosecutor to honour the court orders to provide witnesses statements of the initial traffic offence.

Mulei has a case pending in a Mombasa court after a High Court order giving the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission the green light to charge him with graft.

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