Lamu island’s Mkomani ward MCA Yahya Ahmed Shee has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Ahmed Shee, popularly known as Basode was sentenced after he was found guilty last week of attempting to aide the escape of three convicts in 2017.
A Lamu court heard that on June 2, 2017, Basode together with others, attempted to forcefully rescue Zamzam Mohamed, a drug trafficker. Zamzam had just been handed a 20-year prison sentence by the court, before the incident happened within the court premises.
The MCA was also accused of unlawfully trying to rescue Ali Mzee who had been handed a 10-year sentence for drug-related offences on June 2, 2017.
The third count related to attempting to rescue Yusuf Nyathumani, who had been sentenced to five years in prison. Basode faced three other counts namely preventing police officers from executing their duties, willfully obstructing the police, and rioting outside the Lamu law courts.
Following his conviction, the MCA now loses his seat.
“The court found that the prosecution had adduced evidence beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offences,” said Lamu Principal Magistrate Allan Temba.
Kiongo Kagenyo, who led the prosecution, termed the case as a victory for justice and the rule of law. The MCA had been remanded at the Hindi GK prison in Lamu West.