Meeting State’s ‘enemies’ is not equal to treason

Main Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. He has been charged with treason on April 18, 2017 after allegedly refusing to give way to President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade on a main road. PHOTO | DAWOOD SALIM | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Under Kenya’s penal code, it would be treason to attempt the illegal overthrow of an elected government.

  • On the personal side, it would be treason as well to encompass or imagine and try to inflict mortal harm on a serving president.

  • Under Kenyan law, it is an act of treason for a person to, among others, levy war against the republic or to give aid or comfort to the enemies of the republic.

  • At its most aggressive, this bar against aiding the enemies of the republic would imply that any association with the country’s enemies is treason.

Recently, some legislators visited the Head of State of a neighbouring country and were held up at the airport on their return.

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