Mombasa women rep Mishi Juma Mboko faces hate speech charges

A Mombasa women representative will be charged with incitement and hate speech, the DPP has said.

On Wednesday, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ordered the prosecution of Ms Mishi Juma Mboko for remarks made on June 1.

Senior principle prosecution counsel Alexander Muteti appeared before a Mombasa court on Thursday, seeking orders that Ms Mboko appear in court and take a plea.

“The accused person is not in court but we have instruction that she be charged by the DPP for some criminal offences.

“We are applying to this court to summon her through the head of criminal investigation in Mombasa,” he said.


According to police, Ms Mboko’s words on Madaraka Day amount to incitement to violence and disobedience of the law contrary to section 96(1) of the Penal Code.

In the charge sheet, she is quoted as saying: “Kenyans are going to bring revolution for this country. Enough is enough. We are tired as Kenyans. Revolution is with the people. Sovereignty is with the people. Revolution is with the people, people, people,”

In the second count of incitement of ethnic hatred, she is claimed to have said: “There are two tribes that think they own this country and we want to tell themchuma wanacho.”

In his ruling, Mombasa Chief Magistrate Maxwell Gicheru directed DCIO Mombasa Ndumba Dangali to serve Ms Mboko with a summon to appear in court on June 23

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa (left) with County Women Rep Mishi Mboko (centre) and Suleiman Nzinga, Administration Police Commandant, during a security meeting in Likoni, Mombasa County. The majority of Mombasa county government workers comprises primary school dropouts, an audit survey released on January 29, 2014 indicated. PHOTO | FILE

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