Muthama in trouble again over hate speech

Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama at a past
Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama at a past rally. Police want him to be charged with ethnic contempt over remarks made on June 27, 2016 during Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua’s homecoming. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Police want Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama charged with ethnic contempt, an offence that carries a five-year prison sentence.

However, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has ordered further investigations by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, before deciding whether the lawmaker should be charged.

Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro had recommended the charge to the DPP after investigating the senator for hate speech.

“As the matter falls under the mandate of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, the DPP has forwarded the inquiry file to the said commission and directed that the suspect be immediately interrogated and speedy investigations conducted into the offensive utterances,” said deputy DPP Nicholas Mutuku in a statement Thursday.

The findings of the NCIC inquiry will then be forwarded to the chief prosecutor.

The offence was allegedly committed in Busia during a homecoming ceremony for the county Woman Representative Florence Mutua on Monday.

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