, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 28 – Police and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) have recommended the prosecution of Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow over incitement related charges.
While NCIC wants Kabogo charged with ethnic contempt contrary to section 62 (1) of the commission’s act, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is seeking approval to have Kerrow prosecuted over incitement to violence and Disobedience of the law contrary to section 96 © of the Penal Code.
Both state agencies have forwarded files containing the recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for approval.
“NCIC recommends that the suspect (Kabogo) be charged with ethnic contempt contrary to section 62(1) of the NCIC,” a statement from the DPP’s office states in part, citing the recommendations against the Governor.
He is accused of making remarks, which NCIC says amounted to ethnic contempt, in an event held at the Thika Municipal Stadium on November 25.
In the investigations, NCIC relied on a video in which Kabogo made remarks both in Kiswahili and his native Kikuyu that were seen to be against CORD leader Raila Odinga and Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama.
On the other hand, charges recommended by the CID against Senator Kerrow stemmed from remarks he made earlier this month, claiming that there were mass graves in his county. Police later dismissed the claim after digging up the area using bulldozers.
Only one body of a woman suspected to be a member of the Al Shabaab terror group was found in the grave.
Kerrow later apologized before police picked him up for questioning.
Meanwhile, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has recommended the prosecution of businessman Ben Gethi, Josephine Kabura Irungu and directors of Horizon Limited over tax evasion in relation to the Sh791.3 million paid to them in the controversial National Youth Service (NYS) tender.
KRA has written to the DPP seeking to have them charged under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes (ACECA) and Anti-Money Laundering Act with tax evasion.