What you need to know:
- The MP was arrested on September 7 after issuing remarks about President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Mau Forest at a public gathering.
- He denied charges of hate speech and offensive conduct when he was arraigned the following day and was on Thursday granted release on a Sh2 million bond or a Sh1 million cash bail.
Emurua Dikirr Member of Parliament Johana Ng’eno left the Nakuru Central police cells for his constituency on Friday, following his release in a case over hate speech and offensive conduct.
The MP was arrested on September 7 after issuing remarks about President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Mau Forest at a public gathering.
He denied the two charges when he was arraigned the following day and was on Thursday granted release on a Sh2 million bond with a surety or a Sh1 million cash bail.
On Friday, anti-riot police officers in four Toyota Land Cruisers accompanied the lawmaker back to his constituency.
They intercepted the MP at Chebaraa trading centre at around 3pm and sandwiched his vehicle as hundreds of his supporters followed on motorcycles and on foot.
A brief standoff ensued when the police officers tried to disperse the motorcycle riders.
Mr Ng’eno asked the officers, "Why are you harassing innocent and harmless people in a peaceful procession?" What have they done to warrant a beating?”
He added, "You are here to keep the peace, not to harass the people. We are not in a political rally. I am merely going home (to Mogindo).”
After about 10 minutes, the officers cleared the road and allowed the residents to escort the MP. He alighted from his vehicle at Kapolecho and walked with his supporters.
There was drama when a pedestrian was knocked down and almost run over by one of the police cars. The police officers rushed the man to hospital for treatment of his leg and forehead injuries.