Judiciary frustrating fight against hate speech-Kaparo

Judiciary frustrating fight against hate speech-Kaparo
  • NCIC maintains evidence presented against MPs Moses Kuria and Ferdinand Waititu is admissible
  • Kaparo accuses Judiciary as major hindrance in the fight against hate speech
  • Tobiko appeals to the decision by magistrate to acquit the two legislators

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman, Francis ole Kaparo has accused the Judiciary of frustrating efforts to fight hate speech in the country.

This follows the acquittal of MPs Moses Kuria and Ferdinand Waititu on Monday.

“I don’t know what the Judiciary want as evidence, it is unfortunate that the two have been freed now,” Kaparo said.

Kaparo said there was solid admissible evidence against the two legislators that could make them prosecuted.

“We had tight evidence against the two MPs, Judiciary is just frustrating us,” Kaparo said.

READ ALSO: Six MPS to be arrained in court and charged with hate speech: Muhoro

On Monday, a magistrate’s court the two MPs of incitement to violence charges.

Senior Principal Magistrate Charity Aluoch on Monday ruled that video evidence produced by the prosecution incriminating the two Jubilee legislators is not authentic to warrant their conviction

The magistrate also ruled that public resources should not be misused and that the court is not satisfied that the utterances said to have been made by the lawmakers could result in incitement to violence.

Director of Public Prosecution has however appealed to the decision of letting off the hook saying its sets a bad precedent in the fight against hate speech.

“Rulings must be in tandem with technology advancements. The magistrate cannot term doubtful the credibility of the video footage presented in court as evidence. I find the ruling strange,” Tobiko stated.

 

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