An Engineer with the Ministry of Public works is among four people who have been charged with cyber bullying Mlango Kubwa Member of County Assembly Susan Makungu in a facebook page known as “Jukwaa la Siasa Mathare”.
Javin Ochieng Othuol alias Kinuthia, James Wanjiku alias Gush Manenos ,Bramwell Wesonga alias Ba Liam and Wallace Ogundo were charged that on diverse dates between January 1st 2021 and 9th January 2023 being the administrators and members of the Jukwaa la Siasa la Mathare Facebook group ,they jointly with others not before Court posted remarks which discredited Makungu on the platform.
According to the prosecution in the third count they allegedly claimed she was making human sacrifices and selling drugs.
According to the police report the MCA noticed that the administrator of the group were posting false allegations that she was involved in human trafficking and drug dealing Makungu then contacted one of the administrators Othuol who promised to pull down the post if she could cough up Kshs 100,000.
The page was created by Othuol In 2018. The four pleaded not guilty but the prosecution through State Counsel Joy Kaaria opposed the bail application saying that the charges against the accused were serious.
However through their lawyers Dominic Mwenda the accused said that the charges against his clients were “political”.
The defence lawyer told the court that there was a lot politics around the issue because the complainant is an mca
“This are just young men in love with politics.There is a lot politics in this the complainant is an mc.We ask for lenient bail terms.
However Shadrack Wambui who was holding brief for the MCA asked the Court to restrain the four from further commenting on the matter while the case is still in Court to end the persecution of his client.
“I am asking the court to consider the purpose of Courts .It must balance the scales of justice so that the persecution that the MCA has faced doesn’t continue.We ask this court to take measures against the accused and they they be stopped from further making scandalous remarks on my client.
Want the court to restrain the accused persons from making further publications and commenting on the Jukwa laa siasa Publiclation Facebook page as this trial continues”,he submitted.
They were freed on a Bond of Kshs 1million each with a surety of the same amount.