A self-proclaimed Wajackoyah supporter was on Thursday, July 14, arraigned in an Eldoret court for smoking bhang.
The accused, Boniface Mutua appeared before Eldoret Senior Magistrate, Christine Menya, where he pleaded guilty to the offense.
Mutua took the court by a storm of laughter when he said he smokes bhang to gain courage and voluntarily campaign for Wajackoyah, who he says has promised to legalize the cultivation and smoking of bhang.
“Who knows, I might be among the commercial farmers of bhang if my candidate is elected President and legalizes marijuana,” he said amid laughter from the court attendants.
Mutua was arrested on July 11, at Bahati Estate in Ainabkoi sub-county, Uasin Gishu county, for possession of three rolls of bhang valued at KSh90. With the sentencing set for July 27.
|Boniface Mutua in court after he was arrested with three roles of marijuana with a street value of Ksh90, courtesy|
Wajackoyah in his manifesto proposed for legalization of marijuana for export to countries where the substance is legally sold for medical consumption. The proposal seems to have not only gained staunch supporters but also appealed to the common Mwananchi’s plight by offering alleged solutions to an economic crisis.
Detailing how he plans to clear the country’s debt using proceeds from marijuana and emphasized that his calls for its legalization were of economic benefit to the country.
In his manifesto, Wajackoyah said: “If we can grow marijuana in Nyeri alone, each Kenyan could get a dividend cheque of Ksh200,000 every year from the sales of marijuana. One acre of marijuana can earn you Ksh8 million per harvest. The whole of Nyeri county is 583,000 acres. This means that if we grew marijuana in Nyeri county, Nyeri residents will earn Ksh4.6 trillion per harvest.”
The Senior Magistrate passing judgment said that he will be
sentenced after his own plea of guilty. “It is illegal to trade
and use bhang without a prescription from a doctor,” the magistrate added.