A man believed to be a supporter of Raila Odinga, the leader of the ODM party in Kenya, has been released on bail following his arrest for allegedly sharing a controversial video on social media.
Shadrack Omondi, also known as Omosh Jakababa, spent seven days in police custody as investigations into the matter took place.
The video in question allegedly shows Omondi urging “Baba” (a moniker commonly used to refer to Raila Odinga) to travel to Russia and procure guns for his supporters to invade State House. However, it remains unclear whether Omondi specifically referred to Raila Odinga in the video.
During his appearance in court, Omondi described himself as a strategist and consultant, implying that he would be involved in various projects benefiting Governor Johnson Sakaja, whose office he had recently joined.
The specifics of his role were not disclosed during the court proceedings, although a source revealed that he will be serving as Sakaja’s Communications Director.
The investigating officer informed the court that investigations had been completed, and the case file had been forwarded to the Director of Criminal Investigations for review.
The prosecution requested additional time to thoroughly examine the evidence before deciding on the charges to be brought against the suspect.
Omondi’s defense lawyer argued against further detention, stating that the investigations had already concluded. The defense requested bail for Omondi while the Director of Public Prosecutions reviewed the evidence. The court granted the request, releasing Omondi on a cash bail of Sh500,000.
The case is scheduled to be mentioned on July 19th, allowing the prosecution time to review the evidence and determine the appropriate charges.
The defense maintains that Omondi’s TikTok account has not been definitively linked to him and argued that the phrases used in the video could have multiple interpretations.