Nyeri blogger in governor’s kin case set free

A Nyeri court has set free a blogger who had allegedly insulted a relative of Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua.

Martha Wanjiru Miano, 23, was set free on a free bond by resident magistrate John Aringo following a successful application by her lawyers led by Kiharu MP Irungu Kang’ata, Muthui Kimani and Gichuhi Mwangi.

The lawyers argued that detaining Ms Miano is against the rights and fundamental freedoms as provided by the law.

State counsel Rebecca Mayeku had opposed her release arguing that she was likely to jeopardize the investigations but the accused’s lawyers prayed that their client who was arrested in Karatina town on Monday be considered for bond terms.

Ms. Miano was swiftly arraigned in court on the day of her arrest and remanded in police custody for seven days following an application by the investigating officer for more time to complete investigations.

The lawyers representing the accused termed the case as politically instigated and called for her release as police continue with their investigations.

“There’s no doubt that this case is political and was meant to incarcerate our client against her will due to what she posted on social media and therefore we apply for her release as investigations proceed,” Irungu Kang’ata told the court.

Lawyer Mwangi also questioned the impartiality of the magistrate handling the case following his signing of the application to detain Ms. Miano in police custody pending further investigations instead of the investigating officer.

“This move goes to prove that the magistrate was leaning towards one side of the case which should not have been the case,” Mwangi said.

Ms. Miano who works at Mathira CDF office is alleged to have made several disparaging comments against a brother to the governor Mr. Rigathi Gachagua on her facebook account wall. She said she was elated to be free after spending two days in police cells at the Nyeri central police station.

Rigathi is rumored to be eyeing the Mathira parliamentary seat in the forthcoming elections.

By Martin Munyi

Source: Kenya News Agency