NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17 – The National Cohesion and Integration Commission now wants a Nairobi court to cancel the bond issued to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria due to persistent hate speech.
In an application filed in court Tuesday afternoon, the NCIC says the legislator has continued to spew hate messages on social media despite an assurance that he would stop.
The court has now given Kuria 14 days to respond to the application, before a decision is made.
Investigating officer Robert Mabeya told Senior Principal Magistrate Enock Cherono that Kuria is out on a Sh2 million bond.
The officer told the court that Kuria has continued to post content on his Facebook and Twitter accounts despite a court order restraining him.
“The statements of the accused person amount to ethnic contempt as contemplated by Sec 62(1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission Act, 2008,” Mabeya said.
The court heard that the legislator has in the past made reference to the cultural practice of non-circumcision in a derogatory manner as a mean to demean people from the Luo community.
Kuria faces three counts of incitement and hate speech.
He denied posting a message on his Facebook account with the intent to stir up ethnic hatred between the Kikuyu, Luo and Somali communities.
The matter will be mentioned on March 12.
Kuria had last week written to the NCIC urging them to withdraw the case filed in court, while saying the hate messages were being posted by people who opened proxy accounts.
The controversial Member of Parliament has denied breaching a reconciliation agreement between him and the NCIC.
In a letter sent to the NCIC Chairman Francis ole Kaparo on February 14, the legislator pointed out that he had offered a public apology in local dailies and closed all his social media accounts and there is no way he could have violated conditions of the agreement to reconcile.
“There is no way I could breach the terms of the reconciliation when I published apologies in the newspapers on the 15th January, 2015 and deleted my social media accounts on the same day,” Kuria explained.
He complained that people had opened fake social media accounts and posted hate messages to demean his acceptance to offer a public apology and refrain from spreading hate messages.
According to him, the fake accounts with his name are meant to settle political scores to ensure that NCIC does not let him off the hook despite having apologised.