Charged blogger released on 0.5M cash bail


Seth Odongo alias Dikembe Disembe, a blogger has today been released by a Kenyan court on a Ksh. 500, 000 cash bail after his lawyer James Orengo argued that the initial cash bail set last Friday at Ksh 2 million was too high and prohibitive to civil liberties.

Also reduced was the bond which Principal Magistrate Hellen Ndung’u had reduced to Ksh. 2million all the way from Ksh. 5million as Orengo assured the court that the blogger will not run away as he was still a student at the Kenyatta University not to mention that he was the one that presented himself to be questioned by the police.

Earlier this month,Odongo posted hate remarks on his Facebook page over the recent killings that took place in Mpeketoni in Lamu county and Chief Magistrate Ellena Nderitu charged him with intent to stir ethnic animosity between communities.

When speaking to the press after his release Odongo maintained his innocence while at the same time insisting that there were issues that Kenyans needed to talk about despite them being painful.

“I just want to make it clear to everyone involved in this case that I believe that justice will be found,” said Odongo who vowed to continue blogging for the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and on social issues affecting the country.

DIKEMBEThe mention of the case has been set for August 8 while the trial has been scheduled for September 4.