The National Alliance party Gatundu south aspirant and political activist Moses Kuria with his lawyer Cliff Ombeta in a court room at the Milimani Law Court in Nairobi 26/06/2014.
BY SAM ALFAN
The National Alliance party Gatundu south aspirant and political activist Moses Kuria was Thursday morning charged with hate speech in a Nairobi Magistrate court.
He appeared in the Nairobi Chief Magistrate’s court, denied the three charges and was he was released on a cash bail of two million shillings or an alternative bond of five million shillings.
Mr Kuria is charged with incitement, hate speech and causing ethnic contempt in Facebook messages allegedly posted on May 16.
Kuria on May 16 posted on his Facebook page: “I think it is only a matter of time before Kenyans start violence against PERCEIVED (sic) terrorists, their sympathizers, 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,” Kuria said.
He had been summoned to appear before the court on the recommendation of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission after complaints by Law Society of Kenya.
LSK had said the Facebook posts were intended to incite the public to violence against a specific community.
On Tuesday, the political activist won the National Alliance (TNA) party nomination to contest in the Gatundu South parliamentary by-election set for August 7 a move that has been protested by some of TNA party members of the parliament.
Eighteen senators and National Assembly members are today expected to record statements with police over alleged hate speech linked to recent political rallies.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko ordered the lawmakers from both the ruling and Opposition coalitions to record statements with the police following complaints from unknown parties.
Several politicians may face the same charges over their utterances they have made in different occasions in the political rallies around the country.
The matter will be heard on 2 September and mentioned on 10 of July 2014.