Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi guilty of contempt in Collymore case

By Ben Chumba

Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi will spend four months behind bars if he fails to raise a 300,000 shillings fine for contempt of court. 

High Court judge Lucy Mwihaki found Nyakundi guilty of disobeying the court and directed that stop publishing any article related to Safaricom or its CEO Bob Collymore pending the hearing and determination of a suit filed against him.

Nyakundi was in custody for three days following a warrant of arrest issued against him by a Nairobi court after his arrest last Friday following 2 failed and unexplained appearances in court previously slated for the 31st of January and 7th of February 2017.

Appearing before Lady Justice Lucy Mwihaki, Nyakundi through his lawyer expressed remorse for his behavior and promised not run any publication on Safaricom or its CEO Bob Collymore.

But the judge while delivering her ruling in a case in which the blogger is sued for contempt said no proper explanation was given as to why he did not honour the court summons as well as the court orders barring him from running publications on Safaricom and its CEO.

Nyakundi was last year sued by the mobile service provider and it’s CEO for running articles deemed defaming for both the CEO and the company.

The high court then issued orders barring him from making any such publications but he did not stop in a development that was deemed to be undermining the court process

…And a woman charged robbing her victim after drugging them has denied the charges and been released on bail on humanitarian grounds.

Beth Wanjiru Macharia is accused of administering rheobinon to Joseph Munyuki Kariuki at Rafikiz bar along Langata road in April 2016 before stealing a mobile phone,  jewellery and cash all valued at 390,000 shillings.

While releasing her on bail, Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andai considered her two month old infant and directed that she deposits 10,000 shillings cash bail.

Her husband who was present in court was further directed to deposit a motorcycle log book to cater for her surety before she could be released.