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Court frees 16 boda boda riders arrested over the molesting of a Zimbabwean diplomat

The 16 boda boda riders arrested in connection with the molesting of a Zimbabwean diplomat have been released after the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) stated that no case against them has been filed. On April 1, 2022, the riders must collect their personal possessions, including lDs and motorcycles, from Gigiri Police Station. The DPP also ordered the arrest of the main suspect in the case of gender assault against a Zimbabwean diplomat.

On March 4 at Westlands, Zachariah Nyaore Obadiah will be accused with molestation of the diplomat. Milimani magistrates Robinson Ondieki and Gilbert Shikwe were informed on Thursday last week that the investigation file had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). Ms Mwanzia requested last week that the magistrates grant the ODPP five days to make a judgment. Mr Shikwe was told by prosecutor Christine Oloo that “(Insp Mwanzia) has referred the file to the ODPP for review and guidance on… whether to charge the suspects or not.” As prosecutors awaiting directives from the ODPP, Ms Oloo urged the magistrate to hold the suspects for another five days.
“We oppose the plea considering we have been detained since March 9, 2022,” the bikers said in response to the request. “We came to court hopeful that this case would be settled and put to rest today.” Rider James Mutinda Muema told the magistrate, “We need to be free to rejoin our families.” Zachariah Nyaore Obadiah, James Mutinda Muema, Samuel Wafula Muswahili, Charles Omondi Were, Japheth Bosire Obano, Hassan Farah Forah, and Wanjuki Lincoln Kinyanjui are among those arrested and jailed in connection with the diplomat’s attack.
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