Allan Wadi Okengo was charged with incitement to violence in a Nairobi court yesterday. It is alleged that he incited people in a Facebook post he made last week.

Allan Wadi

Mr. Wadi made the comment regarding the request by the national government to Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho to return three firearms in his possession.

Article 33 of the Constitution sets out the limits of freedom of expression. They are

  1. Advocacy to hatred
  2. Hate speech
  3. Incitement to violence
  4. Propaganda to war

Allan Wadi was freed on a sh50,000 cash bail. He however did not have the cash and is remanded at industrial area prison.

It is not the first time for Allan Wadi to find himself in trouble for similar offences. In January 2015, he was jailed for two years for posting hate messages on Facebook. He was given one year each for hate speech and undermining the authority of a public officer over comments he made on Facebook.

He was however freed eight months into serving his sentence after a lawyer, Edward Oonge argued for his release.

Mr. Oonge was unaware that his former client is again in trouble.

The case will be heard on April 22.