More trouble for MPs on hate speech charges

Eight MPs facing hate speech charges have been handed more trouble after a man moved to court seeking to have them barred from contesting for any political seats in the next General Election.

MPs Moses Kuria, Junet Mohamed, Aisha Jumwa, Florence Mutua, Kimani Ngujiri, Ferdinand Waititu, Timothy Bosire and Senator Johnson Muthama were all charged incitement.

And now, Charles Kivuva Kioko wants the court to stop the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from clearing them to run for public office.

He also wants the legislators who belong to both Cord and Jubilee coalitions bonded to maintain peace from now until after the August 2017 General Election, saying they have caused anxiety in the country.

“I am within the knowledge of events that led to the Post Election Violence after the 2007 General Election and I am worried and have a good reason to be worried that a similar pattern is emerging,” he avers in an affidavit to the court

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, National Cohesion and Integration Commission, the Inspector General of Police and EACC have been named as respondents.

The petitioner through his lawyer Charles Ongoto is seeking several orders among them that restraining the MPs from inciting hatred.

He says the legislators who were a week ago held in custody for three days over incitement allegations are not suitable to hold public office.

“Their utterances and any continued hate speech may lead the country into more violence that may eventually lead to genocide if not stopped,” he adds.

The lawyer will be asking the court to hold that the eight have abdicated their duties as well as offended provisions of Chapter Six of the Constitution.

But the petition may only find favourable grounds if the MPs are found guilty by the magistrate court.

They were all released on a cash bails of Sh300000 each with the exception of Moses Kuria and Ferdinand Waititu whose bails terms were pegged at Sh2 million.

Their cases will be heard between July 7 and 11.

 

 

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