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Gatundu South TNA aspirant Moses Kuria charged with hate speech

By NDUNGU SARAH@ndungusarah

GATUNDU South parliamentary aspirant Moses Kuria was on Thursday charged  and  released with a Sh2milion cash bail.

Kuria who appeared before anti corruption chief magistrate Doreen Mulekyo has an alternative of depositing Sh5million bond with one surety. The political activist who clinched The National Alliance (TNA) party ticket denied three counts of incitement and hate speech.

He was charged with posting a message on his Facebook page with the intent to stir up ethnic hatred between the Kikuyu, Luo and Somali communities. Attempt by the prosecution to have Kuria detained for the purpose of taking his finger prints was  opposed as the investigating officer was in court ready with the processor.

The prosecution has asked the court to free Kuria on condition he will not utter further inflammatory statements. Kuria denied that on May 16, this year his post read: “I think it is only a matter of time before Kenyans start violence against PERCEIVED (sic) terrorists, their sympathisers, their financiers and those issuing travel advisories without intelligence. I am not sure I will not be one of those Kenyans. When you touch Gikomba the nerve centre of our economic enterprise, you really cross the line. Brace yourself. Choices have consequences.”

The messages according to prosecution amount to incitement, hate speech and ethnic contempt on Facebook page. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) announced through its official Twitter account on Friday recommended the prosecution  Kuria after he was interrogated by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission after complaints by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). The case will be heard on September 2

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