Bernice Mbugua @BerniceMuhindi
One of the artistes of the controversial ‘Ikamba’ song was yesterday charged with three counts of ethnic contempt. John Njau appeared before a Nairobi chief magistrate Francis Andayi and denied the charges.
According to the charge sheet, Njau is accused of singing the Kikuyu song entitled Ikamba which consisted of words calculated to stir ethnic hatred against Kamba community on one hand and Kikuyu community on the other. In the second count, he is accused of using words in the song that were intended to incite feeling of contempt against the two communities.
Njau is alleged to have committed the offence, jointly with others who were not before court, and was released on a cash bail of Sh700, 000. The case will be heard on April 19.
The Kikuyu song was produced in reaction to the ban on charcoal trade in Kitui by Governor Charity Ngilu. The ban, however, turned ugly following the burning of a lorry that was found transporting charcoal by residents.
Makueni County Assembly last week passed a motion that petitioned National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Senate to take action against the artistes behind the song. Officials from NCIC are hunting for Njau’s co-accused who will also be arraigned in court.