ODM defends MP Outa over students’ incitement as he is released on bail

Acting ODM Secretary General Agnes Zani addressing delegates during a past tour of Western. [Photo/Benjamin Wafula]

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has defended Nyando MP, Fred Outa, over allegations of incitement.

Outa was remanded on Tuesday, October 11 ahead of his arraignment on Wednesday, October 12 over allegations that he incited students of Ahero Girls’ High School to go on rampage over the interdiction of their principal.

In a statement to media houses, ODM Acting Secretary General, Dr Agnes Zani, expressed her concerns with the arrest and detention of the MP saying it was the legislator’s duty to deal with issues within his constituency.

“The school falls within Mr Outa’s constituency and it is his responsibility to articulate issues and matters that affect his constituents,” stated Zani.

“Schools are not prisons where people are barred from entering to have issues addressed, they are public institutions and we find it absolutely improper for the state agencies to be used to harass an MP out to seek clarification on a matter of concern.”

It is alleged that Outa stormed the school on Monday, October 10 to incite the students to demand the return of their principal who was interdicted by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

“As a leader, Hon. Outa has a role in ensuring quality academic standards are set and the realization of good performance in institutions of learning in his area of jurisdiction,” ODM said.

Outa has since been released on a Ksh 300,000 bond or a cash bail of Ksh 100,000.

Appearing before Kisumu Court, the MP denied the charges of malicious damage to property, incitement to violence and behaving in a manner likely to cause breach of peace.

His case will be heard on Friday, October 14.

Ahero Girls students were sent home on Monday following the chaos that rocked the school.

According to Nyando Sub County Deputy Commissioner, Kennedy Lunalo, the decision was reached by the school board as a move to quell the growing tension.

However, some of the board members differed with the move to send students away with one of the members, Innocent Masara, urging Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Fred Matiang’i, to intervene and ensure amicable resolution of the situation.

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