Blogger Robert Alai has been charged with causing grievous harm to musician Alex Apoko, popularly known as Ringtone.

Alai was on Monday charged before Kibera senior principal magistrate Phillip Mutua.

He denied the charges.

The court warned Alai against commenting on the case on social media either directly or through proxies.

Ringtone’s lawyer, Evans Ondieki, had complained lawyer Abraham Mutai had commented on the case.

Alai was charged with a second count of damaging Ringtone’s windscreen, valued at Sh416,000.

He denied both the charges and was released on Sh1 million bond or a cash bail of Sh300,000.

The matter will be mentioned on August 23.

Alai was arrested and detained at Kilimani police station on allegations of beating Ringtone with a wooden club.

In a video circulated on social media, Ringtone was seen distributing  money to pedestrians and boda boda riders before the incident.

The incident happened along University Way.

Officials said the two accused each other of obstruction in a scuffle that began on Oloitoktok Road and spread to Dennis Pritt and Likoni roads.

Alai was accused of hitting Ringtone’s car at a roundabout on Oloitoktok Road.

Although the genesis of the drama remains unclear, several videos showed what is believed to be Alai’s car blocking the musician’s car.

At University Way, Ringtone was seen atop his Ranger Rover when Alai came out of his Subaru with a wooden club.

Ringtone was heard accusing Alai of taking the law into his own hands.

“Kwa nini umenipiga…haijalishi…kubeba sheria kwa mkono (Why have you beaten me…it does not matter…taking the law into your own hands),” Ringtone said.


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