Mkomani Ward MCA Yahya Ahmed Shee has been convicted by a Lamu Magistrate Court on six counts of resisting arrest and attempted aiding in the escape of three convicts in 2017.
The flamboyant Ward Representative is also known as Basode was on Thursday found guilty in the Lamu Magistrate’s Court for unlawful resistance of arrest, willful obstruction of police officers while in line of duty, instigating a riot and the attempted aiding in the escape of three convicts in a melee that left one dead and two injured in June 2017.
During the fracas, two police officers and two civilians are reported to have been injured as the rowdy youth tried to rescue the convicts; Zamzam Mohamed Salim, Ali Mzee Ali and Athman Yusuf Ali, from police custody.
The MCA and two of his accomplices had been accused of physically assaulting police officers Fredrick Machini and Paul Musamuli during the riots.
In his statement which he delivered virtually, Senior Resident Magistrate Themba Sitati found the Ward Representative guilty on six counts for which the maximum punitive sentence carries a maximum of 10 years or a fine for each, adding that the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Basode appeared withdrawn as he was being escorted out of the Director of Public Prosecution’s office where the guilty ruling was handed out and urged supporters to keep calm as he was being escorted to an awaiting boat that ferried him to Hindi Prison.
He will be sentenced on Tuesday, April 6th,2021. However, sources have already intimated that Basode will appeal the outcome of the case.
KNA/ Amenya Ochieng