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DPP orders Moses Kuria charged for hate speech

A statement posted on the DPP's Twitter account says Kuria will face charges following recommendations by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission/FILE

A statement posted on the DPP’s Twitter account says Kuria will face charges following recommendations by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 – The Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered the prosecution of Gatundu South parliamentary aspirant Moses Kuria for hate speech.

A statement posted on the DPP’s Twitter account says Kuria will face charges following recommendations by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.

Kuria accused of having posted inflammatory remarks in a Facebook conversation.

The Law Society of Kenya has meanwhile written to the Director of Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, seeking to have two Members of Parliament investigated for hate speech.

LSK says Othaya MP Mary Wambui and her Starehe counterpart Maina Kamanda should be investigated for remarks they made recently bordering on incitement.

A media report carried on a local newspaper on Wednesday attributed several utterances made by Kamanda.

LSK says Kamanda said: “I want to tell Raila that all members of the Kikuyu community will protect Uhuru’s Presidency by all means necessary, even if it means shedding blood. The fact that we are silent does not mean that we don’t know what is happening. I urge you all to be ready to respond when we sound the warning. We must defend the Uhuru Government,” Kamanda was quoted saying.

Wambui is accused of saying: “You have been sleeping and the time has come for you to wake up. We cannot allow this man to destabilise this country the same way South Sudan is going.”

Kamanda was also accompanied by MPs Kareke Mbiuki (Maara), Francis Waititu (Juja), Chege Njoroge (Kasarani), Ben Mutura (Makadara), Richard Tongi (Nyaribari Chache), Kimani Inchung’wa (Kikuyu) and George Theuri (Embakasi West).

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The letter signed by LSK Secretary Apollo Mboya is also copied to the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission as well as the Media Council of Kenya.

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