, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 – A petition has been filed in the High Court to stop MPs indicted for hate speech from contesting for political seats in the next General Election.
Charles Kivuva Kioko wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stopped from clearing eight MPs recently charged with incitement to violence to run for public office.
Kioko also want the legislators from both CORD and Jubilee coalitions bonded to maintain peace from now until after the August 2017 General Election, saying they have caused anxiety in the country.
“I am within the knowledge of events that led to the Post Election Violence after the 2007 General Election and I am worried and have a good reason to be worried that a similar pattern is emerging,” he avers in an affidavit.
The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, National Cohesion and Integration Commission, the Inspector General of Police and EACC have been named as respondents.
The petitioner through his lawyer Charles Ongoto is seeking several orders among them an order to restrain Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua, Kilifi Woman Representative Aisha Jumwa and MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba ) and Junet Mohamed (Suna East ) from inciting hatred.
He says the legislators who were a week ago held in custody for four days over incitement allegations are not suitable to hold public office.
“Their utterances and any continued hate speech may lead the country into more violence that may eventually lead to genocide if not stopped,” he adds.
The lawyer will be asking the court to hold that the eight have abdicated their duties as well as offended provisions of Chapter Six of the Constitution.