Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria in court at Milimani law courts on November 26, 2014. FILE PHOTO.
BY SAM ALFAN.
Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria is not yet off the hook over the ethnic contempt and the intended cancellation of his bond given by the court.
Despite the fact he has deposed on oath that he has apologized as part of the reconciliation process, the same has to be acknowledged by the court when the matter comes for hearing 8 April 2015.
Today when the case came for hearing Kuria’s assisting lawyer sought for more time to enable the lead counsel to be present to argue the application by the prosecution who want the bail terms given to the Mp canceled.
Kuria says in his replying affidavit, that a meeting was held at the offices of National Cohesion and Integration Commission on 24 November 2014 where Law Society of Kenya demanded that the accused issue a public apology which should appear in social and print media.
That the reconciliation process is undertaken with the invitation of members of the public and the costs of the reconciliation be paid by the accused.
The lawyer’s body further demanded that MP agree to undertake various activities which will go about bringing about cohesion in the country.
Kuruia has however stated in the affidavit that he has since closed his face book accounts, twitter and inter-gram has part of the agreement to stop the incitement on the social media.
Kuria is out on bail of Sh2 million.
Chief Inspector of Police Mr Robert Mabeya has in his affidavit stated that Kuria has continued to post content in his Facebook and twitter accounts despite a court order barring him.
“The statements of the accused person amount to ethnic contempt as contemplated by Sec 62 (1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission Act, 2008,” Mabeya said.
It’s on the court record that the legislator has in the past made reference to cultural practice of non circumcision in a derogatory manner as meant to demean persons from the Luo community.
Last year the court restrained the accused person from making statements amounting to incitement to violence and ethnic contempt pending the conclusion of the case, he faces three
counts of incitement and hate speech.
He has denied posting a message on his Facebook page with the intent to stir up ethnic hatred between the Kikuyu, Luo and Somali.
Kuria denied that on May 16, this year he posted message read: “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. The messages according to prosecution amount to incitement, hate speech and ethnic contempt on Facebook page.
LSK has singled out Kuria for allegedly uploading a series of incitement Facebook posts targeted at a specific community.
Section 13 of the National Cohesion and Integration Act makes its illegal to use threatening, abusive or insulting words, acts or materials liable to stir up ethnic hatred.