Gatundu south MP Moses Kuria and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama have been charged with incitement to violence.K
uria was charged with uttering words “wembe ni ule ule was kunyoa Raila, wa kutairi na kwenja muka huyo” (the razor blade is the same to shave Raila, to circumsize and to shave his wife pubic hair. Words which were abusive and intended to bring physical injury to a person a person.
The MP is alleged to have uttered the words on September 5th 2017 at Wangige Market in Kikuyu, Kiambu sub County.
Muthama was charged with uttering the words “Mimi nataka kumwabia na naalika Uhuru Kenyatta na mheshimiwa Ruto pale Uhuru Park Vila askari na Mimi na Orengo tuvae gloves tukutane Uhuru park tuonyeshe kilicho mtoa kanga manyoa, unatisha Raila kama nani”?
Words which indicated that it might have been desirable to engage on a physical fight which was calculated to bring death or physical injury to a person.
He is alleged to have uttered the words on September 10th 2017 at Isinya town in Kajiado County.
The two were charged separately and denied the charges before Nairobi Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.
They were released on a cash bail of sh 300,000 or a bond of sh 500,000 with sureties of the same amount.
The court also ordered the two to deposit a Sh 1 million bond as security to ensure that the two are ” on good behaviours “.
Kuria’s lawyers led by lawyer Cliff Ombeta had requested the court to release his client on free bond on grounds that he has spent much on the campaigns for the just concluded General Elections.
Lawyer Ombeta added that his client is not at flight risk since he is a Member of the National Assembly.
Ombeta told the court that Kuria was denied bond yesterday after his arrest and also brought to court late today in order to ensure that he does not attend Parliament opening which was to take place today.
Was acquitted in April 2017 and was not even placed in his defence.
Muthama’s 13 lawyers among them Senior counsel John Khaminwa, NASA co-principal James Orengo and Senior counsel Harun Ndubi had requested the court to review the sh 1 million bond on grounds that the amount was set without any charge or complaint.
However the prosecution objected to both the free bond application and the withdrawal of the additional bond.
The lawyers for the accused persons also requested to be provided with yesterday’s Pangani Police station Occurrence Book (OB) on grounds that the offence their clients were arrested for is different from what they were charged with.
Both cases will be heard on 23rd January 2017.