Blogger Seth Odongo also known as Dikembe Disembe at Milimani Law Court on Monday 28/07/2014.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Nairobi Chief Magistrate’s court on Monday reversed the cash bail of the city based blogger Seth Odongo also known as Dikembe Disembe from Sh2.5 million to Sh500, 000.
This is after the application by Lawyer James Orengo managed to convince Principal Magistrate Helen Ndung’u to reverse the Friday court directive against the blogger.
Principal Magistrate Helen Ndung’u also reversed the bond terms which Odongo was ordered to execute by Chief Magistrate Elena Nderitu on Friday last week to secure his freedom as his trial goes on.
The Nairobi based blogger was directed to execute personal cash bill of Sh2 million to and a bond of 5million after he pleaded not guilty to charges of posting hate remarks on his Facebook page in relation to the Mpeketoni attacks in Lamu county that left over 100 people.
Lawyer James Orengo who was representing Odongo said that the initial cash bail and bond set were too high and prohibitive to civil liberties.
“Odongo is not a flight risk because he is still a student with Kenyatta University and therefore will not try to escape”. Said Orengo
Orengo pointed out that Odongo was not arrested but presented him for questioning and he’s a University student who can’t raise such amount.
Odongo was charged on Friday before the Nairobi Chief Magistrate Ellena Nderitu with intent to stir ethnic animosity between communities in Lamu.
The case will be mention on August 8 in advance of the trial that was listed for September 4.