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Man charged for vile Facebook post

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By Kipchumba Kemei | September 23rd 2014

Kilgoris, Kenya: A man was charged in court Monday for posting an offensive message against a public administrator on social media.

Kiplangat Kirui appeared in a Kilgoris court for tarnishing the name of the Transmara East Sub County Administrator Mercy Tembur on his Facebook page.

Acting Senior Resident Magistrate Angelo Kithinji heard that Kirui posted a message claiming that the administrator had pocketed Sh120,000 given to her by Narok Governor Samuel Tunai for two bereaved families in Kilgoris.

Kirui pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on Sh50,000 bond and a surety of similar amount. The case will be heard on November 20.

In another court, Joshua Odhiambo was fined Sh500 after he was found guilty of mutilating a Sh50 note.

Odhiambo, who appeared before the Kilgoris Acting Resident Magistrate Amos Mokoros, was also accused of failing to acquire a national identity card despite attaining the mandatory age of 18. He was released on a cash bail of Sh3,000.

The same court also fined Gabriel Mwita Sh50,000 after he was convicted of cultivating bhang on a half-acre farm at Enkopiriai area in Transmara.

Mwita had pleaded with the court to be lenient since he had planted the crop to fend for his family, pledging not to commit the offence again.

And a Tanzanian, Joseph Morotimba, was fined Sh70,000 by the court for possessing 70 litres of kangara ( a local brew) and another eight of chang’aa.

He was also fined Sh20,000 for being in the country illegally. The court directed that he be repatriated.

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