High Court drops case against MP, six others

Thursday, June 6th, 2024 04:00 | By
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino. PHOTO/PRINT.

The High Court has quashed the subversion case against Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili Owino alias Babu Owino and six others.

Owino, activist Calvina Okoth alias Gaucho, Tom Odongo Ong’undi, Michael Otieno Omondi, Pascal Ouma, Kevin Wambo and Willis Owino Baraka were all freed by Milimani Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina.

On freeing them, Onyina said the law under which the seven were charged has been declared unconstitutional and therefore the court could not proceed with the case.

The High Court declared section 77 (1) of the penal code as unconstitutional.

“This court takes judicial notice of the High Court order declaring section 77 (1) of the penal code as unconstitutional,” ruled Onyina.

Owino and the six others had been charged with conspiracy to commit subversive activities contrary to section 77 (1) of the penal code.

They had been accused of taking part in demonstrations challenging the high cost of living and skyrocketing prices of essential commodities and the housing levy imposed on workers in formal and informal employment.

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