Lamu Governor Timamy released on KShs5m cash bail
By Caroline Kamau
Lamu County Governor Issa Timamy has been released on a Sh5 million cash bail or a surety of 20 million by the High Court in Mombasa after being charged with murder, forceful eviction of populations and terrorism.
In his ruling earlier Monday, High Court judge Martin Muya said that the prosecution had not given sufficient reasons for Timamy’s continued detention.
The prosecution had through the State Counsel Alexander Muteti asked Justice Muya to allow its application to have Timamy detained for a further 14 days to enable police conclude their investigations.
Timamy’s lawyer Paul Buti however opposed the prosecution’s application stating that an arrested person had a right to be released on bond.
The Lamu governor was arrested last Wednesday in connection with the violence that rocked Mpeketoni in Lamu County mid this month that left over 60 people dead.
Lamu county residents Sunday condemned the arrest of the Governor terming it political and called for his immediate release as it was creating unnecessary tension in the county.
Led by Muslim religious leaders and Human rights groups, the residents accused the Jubilee Administration of trying to promote ethnicity by targeting an innocent person who was not involved in the Mpeketoni attacks.
Speaking at Lamu port after conducting prayers for the governor attended by hundreds of residents, the clerics said the government was to blame for failing to protect the residents during the attack that lasted over eight hours.
Tension remains high in the county and hundreds of residents are fleeing their homes for fear of being attacked.
The Lamu Governor has a date with the court on the 16th of July for the mentioning of his case.