Court summons Kuria in hate case

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Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has been summoned to court to show cause why his bond should not be cancelled following alleged inflammatory remarks he reportedly made against politicians opposed to NYS projects.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko on Friday moved to have the politician’s bond cancelled by a Nairobi court that is handling a hate speech against him.

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“Bail was granted to the accused on June 26, 2014 on condition that while out, he desist from repeating statements amounting to incitement to violence and ethic contempt pending the conclusion of this matter,” prosecutor Leonard Maingi told a Milimani court.

CHARGED AFRESH

Despite the court order, he said, Mr Kuria on June 26, 2015, while addressing youth in his constituency, directed the “slashing and finishing off” of politicians opposed to various NYS projects.

The prosecutor said the MP’s conduct amounted to incitement to violence contrary to section 96 of the Penal Code.

“We now seek that the bond granted to the accused on June 26, 2014 be cancelled and the accused be remanded pending the hearing and determination of the matter,” Mr Maingi said.

An affidavit sworn by an investigating officer attached to the DPP’s application states that Mr Kuria may be charged afresh in regard to the “slashing” remarks .

A transcript of the offensive utterances in which the MP allegedly calls for the killing of people opposed to NYS has also in the application.

RESTRAINED LAWMAKER

“In any event, the accused has admitted in media interviews to having uttered the words complained about as evidenced in the annexures,” the prosecutor added.

On November 26, 2014, the court, after rejecting a similar request for cancellation of bond, had restrained the lawmaker from making statements that may be amount to incitement to violence.

The then trial magistrate Enock Cherono gave the order after the MP allegedly posted a tweet that the prosecution deemed offensive to the Luo community regarding circumcision.

He had earlier been charged with hate speech after he linked Gikomba bomb blasts to members of the Luo community.

UTTERED WORDS

“A transcript of a video recording obtained in the ongoing investigations confirms the accused uttered words complained of herein,” Mr Maingi said on Friday.

Principal Magistrate Tabitha Nyangena issued summons against the MP requiring him “to appear before court on July 16 to respond to the application seeking the cancellation of his bail.”

Parliament Police Station boss has been ordered to execute the summons.

-nation.co.ke

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