, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 27 – Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu on Tuesday accused the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of scheming to ruin his political career.
During the hearing of a case in which he is charged with incitement to violence and hate speech, the former Water Assistant Minister through his lawyers Cliff Ombetta and Evans Ondieki accused the ODPP of using the case to frustrate his political ambitions.
They told trial Magistrate Lucy Mbugua the ODPP wanted to delay his case to deny him an opportunity to seek the Nairobi’s governorship.
“The prosecution is playing games because as long as this case goes on, the accused cannot vie for any political seat as required under Chapter Six on Integrity, the lawyers argued.
They requested for the case to be hastened to allow Waititu time to vie for the political seat.
“The accused wants this case heard expeditiously so that he can pursue his political ambitions without any stumbling blocks in his way,” they added.
Waititu made the claims after the prosecution sought to have the case adjourned until December 27.
The case was however adjourned after the prosecution said witnesses in the case were not available to submit their evidence to the investigating officers.
The prosecution was however granted the last adjournment and told to put its case in order.
Waititu was charged in September with incitement to violence and hate speech in connection to utterances he made against the Maasai community in Nairobi’s Kayole Estate.
He has since denied the charges.