After the eight lawmakers who are facing hate charges were granted bail yesterday, Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale’s twitter handle was flooded with praises for helping Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri when he fainted at Milimani law court.
They described Khalwale’s gesture as an act of boldness and true brotherhood.
Ngunjiri collapsed at the court where he appeared with seven other MPs to plead to hate charges .
Lawyer Cliff Ombeta who represented Kimani Ngunjiri had informed the court that his client was feeling sick due to the punishment given to him before judicial hearing and needed immediate hospital attention.
The lawyer said the MP had fainted as a result of poor conditions at the Pangani police cell where he and five others were detained for three days.
But the MP blacked out minutes before he pleaded to charges, which he later denied.
In photos making rounds on social media, Khalwale was caught lending a hand to the MP when he passed out. He first unbuttoned his shirt before taking him outside to get fresh air.
Here Are Some Of The Tweets:
Raphael Kioko @ Kioko001
@KBonimtetezi Solidarity for ever. Karibu Machakos weekend to denounce tyranny. Gotea @HassanAliJoho
Steven njugunnah @ Njugunnah
@sirddamovic @KBonimtetezi Some lunatic will say that u r in bed with Jubilee for going out of ur way.. Good job
Nelson Namonywa @ nellobando
If not @KBonimtetezi to give Kimani Ngunjiri a helping hand, he was hitting the ground.Where was Maina Kamanda and Dennis Waweru #MPsInCourt
Sir Erick’O @ Erickways
@KBonimtetezi I have seen you helping a weakling soldier of anarchy who couldn’t withstand 36hrs in confinement, you are a gentleman.
james mithanga @ mithanga
Kimani should look at the people assisting him in court n realize they are not Kikuyu @KBonimtetezi , we need each other
Atieno Okeyo @ Atis_Okeyo
Thank you @KBonimtetezi for showing kindness to Bahati MP inspite of everything.I hope they show equal kindness to you our CORD leaders
Kubigmyself @ Kubigmyself1
@KBonimtetezi Ur medical profession preceded political differences 2day by attending 2 Ngunjiri. Luhyas by nature are good-hearted.kudos mtetezi
Geoffrey Masaka @ GeoffreyMasaka
@KBonimtetezi You just led by an example despite your political differences you saved a life of bahati mp. Thank Bonny nyasaye akhurinde.
Khalwale, on his twitter handle said, Ngunjiri touched him with three words that he told him. According to him, the three words are ‘Boni Thank You’.
Also, during a court break, Machakos senator Johnson Muthama and Gatundu MP Moses Kuria publicly forgave each other.
The two shook hands and revealed that they had made up their minds to put their differences aside and focus on serving people.
Muthama said he had spoken to his lawyers to write and demand their names to be blotted out from the criminal records.
Speaking to the media during a lunch break at the court, Muthama said:
“I want everyone to know that any word attributed by Kuria against me and Senator Orengo is now regarded as history. Other MPs facing hate charges also reconciled and resolved to laugh the tensions away.
All the MPs pleaded not guilty to the hate speech charges. MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete) pleaded not guilty to the hate charges and were released on Sh5 million bond each on Friday.
The two were granted an alternative Sh2 million cash bail each following hearings at Milimani law courts before chief magistrate Daniel Ogembo.
The other six politicians who were also arraigned in court were released on Sh1 million bond each, with the alternative of Sh300,000 cash bail each.
They are Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, woman representatives Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) and Florence Mutua (Busia) and MPs Junet Mohamed (Suna East), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati).
The magistrate said he is convinced that the offences against Kuria and Waititu are serious and touch on national security.
Before he made the ruling, Magistrate Ogembo said:
This is one of those occasions that if given an opportunity I would have said much more but due to time I will not. This is a moment for all of to do some soul-searching about where we want our country to go.