Nuru Maloba Okanga, 32, who recently caused a storm on social media after sitting for the 2023 KCPE exams, has been charged with insulting President William Ruto on 20 November 2023.
The Bunge la Wananchi member denied the charges against him when he appeared before Mlimani Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina.
Okanga was charged with publishing false information on his YouTube channel – Riba News – on 20 November 2023.
He is accused of circulating a video with the caption “Nuru Okanga on Fire”. In the video, Okanga allegedly utters unprintable words (insults) demeaning the Head of State.
City lawyer Emmanuel Kibet, who represented the aspiring politician, told the court that Okanga was married with three children and therefore not a flight risk.
The prosecution did not oppose Okanga’s bail application.
He was granted cash bail of Sh10,000 and was held in the court cells while relatives organised to pay the sum.
The case was listed for mention on 13 December 2023 for pre-trial investigation.
The Chief Magistrate ordered the prosecution to provide the accused with witness statements to prepare his defence.