Court orders Raila name cleared over hate speech


A Kibera court has ordered that the name of Cord leader Raila Odinga be removed from a suit which seeks to compel the Director of Public Prosecutions to charge him with hate speech.

The applicant Aron Pesa, through lawyer Irungu Kangata, moved to court two weeks ago to seek permission to prosecute Raila and he was given orders to serve the DPP and the former PM.

Pesa and Kangata appeared before senior resident magistrate Brian Khaemba to know whether the parties had been served. However, the Deputy Director of Prosecutions Kioko Kamula said they had been served but told the court that they are not party to the application.

He further told the court that they want to be an amicus in impartial adviser. Kamula told the court that they received a complaint from MP Kangata and wrote to the Director of Criminal Investigations and the Inspector General of Police on February 24 and they have not received communications regarding their letter.

Kamula asked the court to let them stand as amicus in the case saying that their office is not even aware if there is a police file. Kang’ata told the court that the DPP was replying in a substantive way and that it does not matter if he is appearing as a respondent, amicus or an interested party. He said he is ready to proceed with the case.


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