Emurua Dikkir MP Johana Ng’eno can now breathe a sigh of relief after the court on Thursday, released him on a 1 million shilling cash bail.
While making the ruling on Thursday afternoon, Nakuru Chief Magistrate, Elizabeth Usui granted the controversial legislator the said bail with an alternative of Sh2 million bond.
Ng’eno, who was arrested on Monday over controversial remarks he made on the presidency, was charged with two counts, one on hate speech and the other on offensive conduct.
The MP declined all the charges leveled against him. His release comes even after the prosecution opposed the granting of bail, saying the MP was likely to influence witnesses or members of the public upon his release.
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Ng’eno was apprehended on Monday at his Narok home, a day after making the controversial statements against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta.
It was reported that the MP, on September 6 at Junction area Olgos Sofia Village in Transmara, he used disrespectful language in which ethnic hatred was likely to be stirred up.
In the second case, the MP was charged that on the same day in the same area while addressing a public gathering at the home of the late Joseph Oitakei, he directed insults to the Presidency.
His case is expected to be mentioned again on Monday, October 12 2020.
His release comes at a time his Kanu party, through its Secretary-General Nick Salat, has cracked the whip on the MP by expelling him from the party.