, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2 – Tana River Senator Ali Abdi Bule was Monday charged over hate speech and incitement to violence.
Mombasa Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache released the Senator on a Sh1 million surety bond or a Sh500,000 cash bail after he denied the charges.
Bule is alleged to have uttered words intended to incite two communities in Tana River on July 15, at Garsen sub-County in Tana River.
The court ordered the accused not to set foot in Kanagoni area in Kilifi where several residents were displaced because of his utterances.
Bule was also warned against discussing the matter until the case is heard and determined or his bond will be cancelled.
The DPP approved Bule’s prosecution following recommendations by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and an investigation.
NCIC questioned Bule over the incident in August.
Magistrate Mochache had last week declined to grant the prosecution’s application to issue summons compelling Bule to appear in court to plead to the charge.