Renowned lawyer Danstan Omari has come to the defense of Gaucho and Nuru Okanga, who were among the protesters that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Kenya is currently looking for following Monday’s demonstrations.
Omari, who is known for representing high-profile clients, including former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, was accompanied by University of Nairobi President Anthony Manyara as he addressed the media on the matter.
According to DCI Kenya, the protesters vandalized properties and stole valuables during the demonstrations, and they have urged those who took part to report to the nearest police station.
However, Omari has disputed these claims and is standing by his clients.
“Gaucho and Nuru Okanga are not criminals. They were exercising their constitutional right to peaceful protest, and we will not allow them to be demonized,” Omari said.
The lawyer went on to state that he had already engaged the DCI Kenya and that he was confident that a solution would be found soon.
“We have already reached out to the DCI, and we are in talks to ensure that Gaucho and Nuru Okanga are released. We are confident that justice will prevail,” Omari added.
Manyara echoed Omari’s sentiments, saying that the right to peaceful protest was enshrined in the constitution and that the police should not harass those exercising their rights.
“We urge the police to exercise restraint and respect the rights of citizens. The right to peaceful protest is enshrined in our constitution, and it should be respected,” Manyara said.
The case has sparked mixed reactions on social media, with some people supporting the police while others are condemning the arrests. The situation remains tense, and many are waiting to see how it will play out.
In the meantime, Omari has assured the public that he will do everything in his power to ensure that his clients are released and that justice is served