A Kisii County MCA has been hauled to court for saying that President Uhuru Kenyatta smokes marijuana.
Kiogoro ward representative Samuel Onkwani, a laboratory technologist turned politician, was arrested on Sunday.
“People close to Uhuru should advise him to stop smoking bhang,” Onkwani allegedly stated at a church function.
The prosecution told court that Onkwani, 39, thereby undermined the authority of President Kenyatta.
Onkwani, a father of five who graduated from Mombasa Polytechnic in 1996, is accused of making the statement on August 28, 2013 at Kerera village in Kerera.
He has served as a CDF member for Nyaribari-Chache between 2008 and 2011. He first entered elective politics in 2007 to vie for councillor but was not successful.
The prosecution told Kisii Principal Magistrate Kibet Sambu on Monday that the ODM politican’s words were calculated and intended to bring into contempt the lawful authority of a public officer.
“Any person who, without lawful excuse, the burden of proof whereof shall lie upon him, utters, prints, publishes any words, or does any act or thing, calculated to bring into contempt, or to excite defiance of or disobedience to, the lawful authority of a public officer or any class of public officers is guilty of an offence and is liable for a term not exceeding three years,” states Chapter 13 Section 132 of the Penal Code which the prosecutuon intends to use to press their case.
Onkwani, represented by lawyers Gideon Nyambati and Isaiah Mosota, denied the charge.
“I ask the court to release the accused on reasonable bond, supply us with witness statements, any communication intercepted and documents to be relied on by the prosecution,” Nyambati told the court.
The prosecution said it was not possible to comply because the investigating officer had not given them the evidence.
Onkwani was released on Sh20,000 cash bail. The case will be mentioned on May 14 while the hearing is on June 3.