NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 4 – Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama on Monday denied hate speech accusations levelled against him terming them as ‘false and out of context’.
The Senator is said to have made the remarks on Monday last week in Busia County.
He was speaking after a meeting with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) where he had been summoned.
“I don’t deny the remarks I made but I have a problem with the evidence provided here since it is out of context. We want fairness and fair treatment in the handling of matters hate speech, everyone should be held accountable,” said Muthama.
His lawyer James Orengo said they will only answer to facts and that the speech incriminating Muthama produced by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is not in tandem with the evidence they have.
“We have put a condition that we are not going to make any statements based on falsehoods and opinions that have been made by the commission,” Orengo stated.
“And therefore the commission has agreed that they will withdraw the summons sent initially and send new summons without the mentions of those falsehoods,” he said.
Other Members of Parliament including Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo, Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma who had accompanied the senator also stated that they will not be intimidated by hate speech accusations and called for fairness in handling such matters.
“The country is operating under a new Constitution and we shall not go back to the old order. As the opposition, the struggle continues,” the Ugunja MP said.
His sentiments were echoed by Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo who stated that the Constitution must be adhered to by everyone held accountable regardless of the status in the country.