Update: Eric Omondi charged with participating in an unlawful assembly
Comedian Eric Omondi and 17 others were arraigned at the Milimani courts on Wednesday and charged with participating in an unlawful assembly.
Omondi and the rest on Tuesday, February 21, took to the streets to demonstrate against the high cost of living on Parliament road.
Through their lawyer Danstan Omari, they had asked Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina, who was presiding, for lenient bail terms. Omari further argued that Article 37 of the constitution allowed “for the right to picket and 33 on the freedom of expression.”
Omondi and 17 of his protesters denied the charge and were released on a KShs.20,000 bond or an alternative cash bail of KShs.10,000.
The case will be mentioned on March 6 for pre-trial.
After his release, the comedian thank Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino, and rappers KRG the don and Khaligraph Jones who he said helped in their own way.
“Babu Owino, Thank you very much. Today he sent us money…Bhugaa (KRG) has suffered and went to the IG. He came yesterday with pride, he came to Central Police with money saying he was giving people. Khaligraph Jones. God bless you. Yesterday he called and said he would provide one fighter. He has sent money," he said.
Eric Omondi protesting outside Parliament Buildings Photo by Collins Omulo
Comedian Eric Omondi has taken to the streets, again, to demonstrate against the high cost of living among things.
Taking a stand outside the parliament buildings alongside several shirtless men, Omondi and his fellow protesters could be heard chanting, “Bado mapambano.”
The demonstration comes a week after Omondi shared his thoughts about the financial situation in Kenya in an Instagram video in which he said, “We are going to break free from the chains of slavery. Political, economic slavery and brainwashing. Get ready to break your shackles.”
It comes as no surprise then that the attire for his protests was cut-off shorts accessorised with chains.
This isn’t the first time Omondi is protesting, he staged similar protests last year to lobby for 75% play for Kenyan music on radio.
The comedian has since been arrested as police dispersed the crowd with tear gas.
This staged protest comes as members of parliament continue to debate the high cost of living in parliament amid the rising price of commodities and days after the country held a national day of prayer to pray for rainfall as drought continues to plague parts of the country.