NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 – Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria will know in three weeks time whether bond granted to him in a hate speech case he’s facing will be cancelled.
Trial magistrate Teresa Nyangene set the ruling for September 14 after parties made their submissions.
The Director of Public Prosecutions wants Kuria’s bond cancelled for breaching the bond terms after allegedly inciting youths in his constituency to attack and slash politicians opposed to National Youth Service projects.
But the MP has opposed the DPP’s application.
Through lawyer Danson Mungatana, the legislator argues that the move by the DPP is a plan to deny him his constitutional rights.
He urged the court not to cancel Kuria’s Sh2 million bond as he will not be able attend Parliament’s proceedings and committees.
Nyangene heard that if the words uttered by the MP were an offence the DPP would have already preferred charges against him.
“To date no complaint has been filed or evidence to show any form of incitement,” his lawyer argued.
The court previously declined to hear the case in-camera sought by Kuria who claimed the media had judged and executed him in the court of public opinion.
The DPP argues the NYS comments violated the terms of Kuria’s release after he posted offensive comments on Facebook.
Kuria says the DPP is also relying on information that has been edited to paint him in bad light and that he did not actually say what he has been accused of saying.