Moses Kuria, Johnstone Muthama arrested over hate speech

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has been arrested over alleged hate speech.

Kuria was interrogated on Monday afternoon at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters along Kiambu Road, Nairobi.

The Gatundu South MP Kuria went off on a live Facebook stream hurling insults at Raila Odinga and his family, saying that he had become a headache to the Jubilee administration. He also allegedly said that outsiders residing in Kiambu County would be flushed out and unspecified consequences meted on them.

Moses Kuria complained that some 100,000 people in Kiambu voted for the NASA presidential candidate and urged the crowd to look for those opposition voters and present them to him ‘accompanied by their grandmothers’.

He was unhappy that in the Mount Kenya region Raila received 300,000 votes, which he inferred were even more than had been cast for Mr Odinga in Rift Valley.

In the Facebook post that went viral and irked some Kenyans, Kuria admitted that he was ready to face the consequences and even stated rhetorically that he was ready to be jailed.

Former Machalos Senator Johnstone Muthama is said to have made inciteful remarks on Sunday in Kitengela during a rally held by the National Super Alliance (NASA). His speech also went viral on social media.

On Thursday, a section on Nyanza MPs called for the investigation and arrest of Jubilee Party MPs Moses Kuria, Kipchumba Murkomen and party secretariat leader Raphael Tuju over inflammatory remarks. The MPs said Government agencies should move swiftly to prosecute the three over remarks they termed as ethnic profiling which they warned risked plunging the country into fierce tribal conflicts.


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