NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 8 – The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has now written to the Inspector General of Police to arrest and prosecute Gatundu South legislator Moses Kuria over incitement.
NCIC Chairman Francis Ole Kaparo in the letter told Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet that the utterances by Kuria were likely to ignite tension between certain sections of society and thus needed to be investigated.
“The commission is aware of the utterances made by Hon. Moses Kuria MP of Gatundu South constituency on 7th July 2015 at his constituency while he was launching a National Youth Service program,” read part of the letter.
“These utterances in the opinion of the commission contravene Section 96 of the Penal Code thereby requiring investigations from your end.”
Kaparo has also written to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, urging him to seek the cancellation of bail terms issued to Kuria in a similar case pending in court.
In the letter, Kaparo noted that although the utterances fell under the purview of the offences under the Penal Code, they were likely to ignite tension in the country and fast action needed to be taken.
“This is therefore to request your good office to embark on seeking the cancellation of the bail terms placed on the accused person in the aforementioned case which is coming up for hearing on the 8th and 9th day of September 2015 respectively,” read the letter.
This follows pressure from a section of leaders and Kenyans on social media who want action taken against Kuria who was captured on video urging youths in his constituency to kill anyone opposed to the NYS project.
But Kuria says his comments were misconstrued.
“My conscience is very clear… I have never been involved in violence. In fact, in school I was bullied,” said Kuria.
On social media a campaign dubbed ‘arrest Moses Kuria’ has been trending where Kenyans have called for action to be meted on the first-time legislator popular for making carefree statements.
Seemingly aware of the move by the NCIC seeking to have him arrested, Kuria insisted that he did not incite anyone as so far, there has been no incident, saying he would even hold a meeting with the same group of youth to clarify what he meant.
“On Friday I will convene the youth in the same place at the same hour, and I will clarify to them what I meant and you can ask the youth whether they were sufficiently incited,” he stated.
Kuria dismissed the Opposition’s criticism of his statements saying they cannot stand on a moral ground yet their members led CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka were making offending statements.
He said action should be taken on Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama whom he accused of making provocative statements which have gone unpunished.