Man who blocked Uhuru on way to State House freed

Risky tactics

A man in handcuffs

30-year-old Collins Ochieng Obado who was arrested by security officers for blocking President Uhuru Kenyatta's convoy has been freed by the courts.

Appearing before Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate Erick Mutunga, Mr Ochieng pleaded guilty to the charge.

The state argued that the accused had created disturbance in a manner that was likely to cause a breach of peace.

Disturbance

Mr Ochieng was accused that, with others not before the court, he created disturbance by displaying a placard of President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, which he knew to be unlawful.

Defending himself, Mr Ochieng stated that he stood along Mama Ngina Drive hoping that President Kenyatta would see the placard and help him get a job.

The placard he had carried displayed a portrait of the Head of State with Mr Odinga with a caption reading "The Golden Handshake, Amani, Umoja, Upendo na Ushirikiano”.

What's the Offence

The magistrate asked the State Counsel, Shakwila Ayekha whether what was read to the accused amounted to an offence.

“What offence did the suspect commit by simply displaying a placard? What is wrong with what he was doing?” the Magistrate asked.

Mr Ayekha said the suspect was found trying to obstruct the convoy of the President by displaying the placard he had.

The magistrate described Mr Ochieng as a patriotic Kenyan who was spreading peace and that he had not committed an offence by displaying the placard which contained a message of peace.

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