- Human rights lawyer Haron Ndubi was on Sunday night arrested for drunk driving.
- Police explained that Ndubi was headed home when he stopped at the place and slept after being overwhelmed by whatever he had consumed.
Human rights lawyer Haron Ndubi was on Sunday night arrested in a traffic incident .This is despite he(Ndubi) and other human rights activists maintain he was drugged and arrested while in critical condition.
However, Police officers say Ndubi was arrested near Gate D to State House where they found his car parked in the middle of Jakaya Kikwete Road with the lawyer soundly sleeping at about 9pm when the police officers arrived.
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Apparently, police explained that Ndubi was headed home when he stopped at the place and slept after being overwhelmed by whatever he had consumed. Additionally The Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome refuted claims that he was drugged saying the lawyer would be charged with the offence of driving while under influence of alcohol. “He parked the vehicle in the middle of the road…he slept in the vehicle…[he was] very drunk. He was arrested. He is in custody, and he is going to court this morning for driving under the influence of alcohol,” Mr Koome said.
Contrary according to Ndubi he suspected that he had been drugged and that is what he told police when they arrived where his car was and found him ‘unconscious’.
The police officers insisted on having him use an alcoblow to check his alcohol levels but he declined. This angered the officers who drove him to Kileleshwa police station where he was detained ahead of his planned court arraignment to be charged with driving while drunk.
Consequently efforts to have him freed on police bond hit a dead end after officers at the station said they were under instructions to detain him unconditionally.
The saga to take a different turn when other activists said he is being dragged to court because of his stand on current human rights issues in the country. It is not clear where he had been on Sunday evening ahead of the drama.
Meanwhile, a group of human rights activists have been mobilized to attend the court sessions in solidarity with their colleague.