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TNA MPS RECORD STATEMENTS OVER HATE SPEECH CLAIMS

NAIROBI, KENYA: A section of The National Alliance (TNA) lawmakers have recorded statements with the police in Nairobi over claims of hate speech.

Othaya’s Mary Wambui, Francis Waititu (Juja) and Kareke Mbiuki (Maara) recorded their statements at the Central police station, in which they denied making hate speeches at a rally in Muthurwa area.

The Standard established that the three out of eight were grilled on Friday.

More MPs including Starehe’s Maina Kamanda are expected to report to police for statement taking on Wednesday.

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Kamanda said he had been out of the country and he arrived back on Monday to learn some of his colleagues had been grilled.

“I will go there probably tomorrow. I am talking to my lawyer to know the way forward,” he said.

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Central head of CID Nehemia Bitok said they have put a team to record statements from the lawmakers and hoped they will all turn up as soon as possible for them to close the file.

“We are in the process of taking the statements from the MPs as per the directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions before we return the file to his office,” said Bitok on Tuesday.

Kamanda, Wambui and six others have been accused of making inflammatory statements during a rally at Muthurwa market last month.

The others include Chege Njoroge (Kasarani), Ben Mutura (Makadara), Richard Tongi (Nyaribari Chache), Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu) and George Theuri (Embakasi West).

Last month, four Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord) legislators were questioned over similar allegations.
But senators Hassan Omar, Elizabeth Ongoro, Johnstone Muthama and MP Junet Mohamed termed their summons as a form of intimidation by the Jubilee government and denied their remarks amounted to hate speech.

-standardmedia.co.ke

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