, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 5 – Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko on Monday approved incitement charges against Senator Johnson Muthama while political scientist Mutahi Ngunyi will face a hate speech case.
Muthama will be charged alongside activist Japheth Muriira Muroko over utterances made during a Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) rally held at Uhuru Park two weeks ago.
“The DPP is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to sustain charges of incitement to violence against Johnson Muthama and Japheth Muroko in relation to statements and utterances they allegedly made. The DPP therefore directed that they be charged accordingly,” a statement from the DPP read.
Muthama while addressing a CORD rally organised to support the teachers to get a pay increase, alleged that President Uhuru Kenyatta had shielded Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru from investigations over corruption allegations.
Muthama alleged that President Kenyatta had on the other hand “chased away” Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu “like a dog” over alleged corruption.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s file was however sent back to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) as the DPP requested that NCIC be enjoined to carry out further investigations into allegations that he incited his constituents when he told them to attack those opposed to National Youth Service projects.
The DCI had sent the file to the DPP recommending for its closure due to lack of evidence but the DPP re-ordered for an investigation.
Tobiko asked the DCI to conduct further investigations and re-submit the file within 14 days.
Kuria is also facing hate speech charges over comments he posted on social media.
Ngunyi will be charged over messages he posted on his Twitter account that were directed against CORD leader Raila Odinga and the Luo community.
The decision to charge Ngunyi comes even after he issued a public apology and offered a goat to the community.
Ngunyi who appeared before the NCIC after he was summoned pleaded with the commission that he be allowed to reconcile under the reconciliatory provision under the NCIC Act.
Uasin Gishu Senator Isaac Melly and two other suspects will also be charged for allegedly taking part in offenses of ‘rioting and malicious destruction to property’ when protesting against the Eldoret University Vice-Chancellor.