Maurice Ogeta is a bodyguard and member of Azimio la Umoja’s security team. He has recently gained attention due to his involvement in a case alongside Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino and several others. They filed a case seeking their immediate and unconditional release from police custody, alleging unlawful detention and violation of their constitutional rights.
Background of the Case
Ogeta and the other individuals named in the case, including Raila Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango and Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga, claim that they were arrested on July 19, 2023, in various locations within Nairobi County. They were then taken to undisclosed destinations, leaving their families, friends, and fellow opposition members unaware of their whereabouts.
Supporters of Opposition Parties
The group argues that they are staunch supporters of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga and members of the opposition Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition. They assert that their rights, such as the freedom to peacefully demonstrate, freedom of movement, and the right to associate with fellow political activists, are being violated through their continued detention.
Legal Action and Demands
Represented by lawyer Danstan Omari, the individuals involved in the case are seeking relief through the court system. They are requesting the court to order their immediate release or presentation before a court if any offenses have been committed. The applicants claim that their unconstitutional abduction and detention occurred while they were planning to participate in nationwide demonstrations over a three-day period.
Maurice Ogeta’s involvement in the recent case, along with other prominent figures, highlights the ongoing political landscape in Kenya. As the legal proceedings unfold, the individuals involved are seeking justice and the protection of their constitutional rights. The outcome of this case will have implications for the opposition parties and their supporters, shedding light on the importance of upholding democratic values and the rule of law in the country.